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)1. LXIII, No. 1 

January 4, 1941 


Brethren Evangelist 

"Ring out the xvant, the care, the sin. 
The faithless coldness of the times; 
Ring out, ring out my mournful 

But ring the fuller minstrel in. 

Ring out old shapes of foul disease; 

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; 

Ring out the thousand wars of old, 
Ring in the thousand years of peace. 

Ring in the valiant man and free. 
The larger heart, the kindlier liand; 
Ring out the darkness of the land. 

Ring in the Christ that is to be." 

Alfred, Lord Tennyson. 


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Eph. 4:15. Read James 3:1-13. 

We carry about with us constantly 
the munitions of peace or of war in a 
tongue that speaks good or ill, as the 
heart indicates. A Wisconsin pastor, 
Rev. Wm. D. Marsh, of Appleton, some 
years since, organized a popular and 
amiable conspiracy for good which he 
called the "League of the Kindly 
Tongue." Anyone could join it who 
would; no fees, no dues, simply an 
agreement to think before you speak 
and to use the tongue for kindness rath- 
er than for malice. What a happy world 
this would be if many lip."; thus spoke 
the truth in love. 


Luke 6:35. Read I Peter 3:8-17. 

A Chicago newspaper some time ago 
presented a $5.00 bill to the most 
courteous and polite person which came 
in contact with their representative as 
he roamed the streets each day. Of 
course the various people visited were 
unaware that they were being tested by 
the unknown reporter. A number 
found that it paid in more ways than 
one to be polite. 

Jesus does not withhold his rewards 
from those who exhibit the qualities of 
His life. Richer and finer and more 
blessed do they grow with each day's 
experience. The fruit of the spirit is 
courtesy bom of love. 


Matt. 18:lf), 20. Read Luke 11:5-13. 

An American scientist invented a de- 
licate machine with registers the lifting 
power of the brain. It shows that the 
average brain will lift three-fourths of 
a pound. The remarkable fact brought 
to light, however, is that when it reg- 
isters the lifting power of two average 
brains at the .same time, the result is 6 
pounds, while three reinforce one an- 
other so that 86 pounds, or more than 
14 times the power of the two brains 
co-ordinated, is recorded. 

In the distinctly spiritual field we re- 
ceive from Christ himself an intima- 
tion of the power of unified prayer 
when he said, 'Where two or three are 
gathered together, there am I in the 
midst." To the lifting power of the 
mind there is added the irresistible 
power of the S/iirit. 


John 10:16. Read John 10:1-11. 

A number of persons had congregated 
at a small place of worship to attend a 
meeting. The chapel was full and 
overflowing, and many persons who 

were anxious to hear were obliged to 
reniam outside. These crowded around 
the ( pen doors and windows. After the 
itading of the scripture, the singing of 
hymns and engaging in prayer, the 
speaker began his address. He had not 
proceeded far when a voice was heard 
from without: "Speak louder, we can- 
not hear you; remember those outside." 
It is a very good motto for our every- 
day life. To remember those outside; 
those who are outside who know roth- 
ing about God. Those who need the 
Tender Shepherd's care. 

Let us be good witnesses for Christ. 


Isa. 41:10. Read John 15:1-14. 

A boy was seeking to master the art 
of swimming. Day after day he went 
to the old swimming hole and spent the 
time endeavoring to overcome his 
handicap. The constant fear within his 
heart was that he should sink to the 
bottom of the cove and thus lose his 

One day an expert swimmer came by 
and watched him for a few moments 
and then cried, "Stop fighting the wat- 
er and trust it to hold you up. Use 
your strength to get somewhere." 

Under his direction but a few mom- 
ents sufficed to convince the boy that 
he was right. So he lay flat on his 
back in the water without moving his 
hands or feet and to his delight the 
water held him up. Then he struck out 
and using his strength forged ahead. 
What a revelation. Why had someone 
not told him this years ago ? 

So many constantly struggle to be 
Christians, when if they would only 
trust Christ they would be held up. 
How suggestive this advice when ap- 
plied to Christians: "Stop struggling 
and trust God to keep you. Use your 
strength to get somewhere." 




Heb. 13:16. Read Phil. 4:1-13. 

The difference between selfish mo- 
tives and unselfish lives is sketched by 
Ralph A. Felton in a story which he re- 
lates in "Our Templed Hills" abou,, two 
persons who lived in a small commun- 
ity. One, a man who had lived with- 
out the influence of the church, left his 
entire estate $50,000, to build a marble 
mausoleum over his grave. The whole 
village was filled with consternation 
when they learned of the provisions of 
his will. But, in the same community 
there died during the same year a 
Christian woman who, like the man, 
was without heirs. This widow left her 
entire estate, $4,400, in amounts of two 
hundred dollars each, to twenty-two dif- 
ferent institutions or people, some of 
whom were girls working their way 
tiuough High School. 

Which, think you, left the most last- 
ing impression upon the community? 


Rev. 3:20. Read Luke 13:22-30. 

A Christian nurse in a hospital of one^ 
of the hill stations in India v^-as seated 
on a veranda reading. Presently a 
high-caste Indian lady came to the hos- 
pital for treatment, and the nurse arose 
tc receive her. As she did so there fell 
to the floor a picture from the book 
she was reading. It was a leproduclion 
of Holman Hunt's "The Lighc of the 
World." "What does this picture i 
mean?" inquired tha Indian lady, and 
the nurse told her the beautiful and 
touching story of Him who stands at 
the door and knocks. 

Some days after this, the nurse went 
to call on this lady in her own home and 
was much surprised to find the front 
door wide open. ... I thought that per- 
haps your Jesus might pass by, and I 
wanted Him to find the door wide 
open." ...Do you think He passed by 
that wide open door that day? Could 
he fail a heart so hungry? 




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We are standing on the threshold of the New Year, 
while the old year of 1940 has gone, gone forever. 
To speak in more picturesque language. Father Time 
has ushered the Old Man off the stage and present- 
ed the New Babe to our view, a babe in whom is 
wrapped up all of the possibilities of the life of the 
coming year. As we stand thus at the beginning of 
a new year, what message can one bring? Or what 
does the new year offer to us ? 

All that the coming year will bring to us of joy or 
of sorrow no one can guess; but we do know that 
each new year, as each new day, brings to us the op- 
portunity to begin again. The very fact that many 
have used the New Year as a time to make New 
Year's resolutions, indicates dissatisfaction with the 
past and the need of improvement. We should then, 
forget our past mistakes and build for the future; 
but it is also important to remember the past, and 
use past victories as stepping stones to rise to great- 
er heights in the future. Let us begin today to 
build for tomorrow. 

The Christian's walk today or tomorrow is not by 
sight but by faith. We cannot hope to know what 
shall befall us this next year, for the Lord has wise- 
ly hidden that from our view, but we can have the 
assurance that as we walk each step of the way, our 
Lord will go with us. 

New Year's Greetings 

We wish for our readers a very happy and pros- 
perous New Year, and we pray for God's richest 
blessings to rest with you all. We are asking for 
your well wishes and especially for your prayers in 
behalf of the Brethren Publishing Board and the 
management for the coming year. — W. E. R. 


Board of the church, for he has served in the latter 
capacity for more than two years, and it was in con- 
junction with this work that he served as Office Edi- 

When The Missionary Board decided to change the 
personnel of the office and also the location to Ash- 
land, the detailed work and the general management 
fell upon the shoulders of the members of the Board 
living here. The amount of work involved and the 
problems which arose in those trying days, no one 
outside of those who carried the actual load, will 
ever know. I was in almost daily consultation with 
Brother Belote and he carried on nobly. 

When the crisis arose in the Publishing House, it 
was necessary that we know who would fill every 
place in the organization, and the need was IMME- 
DIATE. Some one must be in the editor's office to 
direct affairs, and with the consent of The Mission- 
ary Board, we persuaded Rev. Belote to accept these 
additional responsibilities. With the aid of Miss 
Harley, he carried both of these responsibilities in a 
very splendid fashion. 

The reasons for the present changes revolve 
around the problem of economy. The Missionary 
Board felt the urgent necessity of hiring a field- 
secretary, which made economy in the office advis- 
able. Rev. Belote's work with the Boards was very 
satisfactory. Personally and in behalf of both 
Boards, I wish in this public fashion to express ap- 
preciation for the signal services.— W. E. R. 

This issue of The Brethren Evangelist marks the 
conclusion of the work of Rev. Dyoll Belote as Office 
Editor, in fact the paper of last week was the last to 
can-y his name, but he has rendered very valuable 
service in the current issue. 

It is fitting in this first issue of a new year, that 
some words of appreciation be spoken for the very 
splendid and valuable services rendered by Brother 
Belote to the church during a little more than two 
years. I have in mind not only his work as Office 
Editor but as Office Secretary for The Missionary 


Family Altar 

"The New Year". Editorial— W. E. R 3 

"The Office Editor". Editorial— W. E. R 3 

"Looking to the Future". Editorial— F. C. Vanator. ... 4 


Managing Editor — W. E. R 

"The Church United"— Pres. E. G. Mason 5-6 

"A New Year— A Unifying Purpose"— E. L. Miller .... 6-7 

"Becoming Simplicity"— Frank Gehman a^J^^ 

"Go Forward"— Part II— Floyd Sibert 9-10-11 

Children's Department 

News From Argentina — Dr. C. F. Yoder 

"Christian Martyrs in Germany"— Reprint 12 

Brotherhood Programs • 

C.E. Topic ■■■f-]t 

News from the Field 14-li)-ib 

The Brethren Evangelist 


The principle business of a church is to impart 
news to its readers concerning the activities of the 
various churches identified with the denomination 
and their related organizations. It is its further 
business to advance the causes for which the de- 
nomination stands. It must never become the me- 
dium of controversy, although its columns should ex- 
press the thought and trend of the teaching of its 
leaders and the preaching of its ministry. It should 
stand out boldly against sin and unrighteousness and 
keep constantly before its readers the necessity of 
purity of living. In other words it should become a 
"weekly" dispenser of the forward-looking plans and 
purposes and not a "weakly" attempt to fill pages 
with type in order to have something to mail to its 

For the past year the above principle of business 
has been earned out by those in charge of the Evan- 
gelist. Many difficulties have been encountered and 
many hurdles have sought to bar the way. But 
under the guidance of the efficient force in charge, 
the Publication Board has endeavored to send out a 
paper which would express the attitude of the Breth- 
ren Church. 

In taking over the direct management of the of- 
fices of the Brethren Publishing Company the writ- 
er realizes that it is a big undertaking and a tre- 
menduous responsibility. But anything worthwhile 
carries responsibilities. It also furnishes opportuni- 
ties for gi'eat sei^vice. What the paper becomes un- 
der the new regime will depend largely on you, the 
readers and contributors to the paper. After all it 
is your paper. It is what you make it. We cannot 
print what you fail to send in. Remember that the 
publications of the church always reflect the atti- 
tudes of the church at large. 

It is our desire to "forget the things of the past." 
They are simply matters of history. They cannot 
be changed. I had a friend a number of years ago 
who was fond of saying, "Don't cry over spilt milk; 
go out and milk another cow." In other words let us 
heed the admonition of St. Paul when he said, "for- 
getting those things which are behind, and reach- 
ing forth unto those things which are before" and 
press the call which has come to a now-forward-look- 
ing church. We have work to do. We have purposes 
to fulfill. We have a message to give to a dying 
world. And we can and we will do it. 

We are making no radical changes in the policy of 
the Evangelist. Whenever we find that changes c-n 
be made to make the paper better, those changes will 
be made. However we desire to have the news of 
the churches and organizat'ons come in as soon as 
possible after the events transpire. Recent, happen- 

ings are of more interest to the readers than those 
things which happened weeks or months ago. Tliere- 
fore we desire to inaugurate a page of what we will 
call "Post Card Publicity" and you will find it amaz- 
ing how much information can be written on a one 
cent government post card. You will hear more of 
this later. 

We welcome criticism — when it is of a construc- 
tive nature. If you can suggest anything that will 
make the Evangelist a better, more helpful maga- 
zine, the office will welcome your communicat'on and 
seek to act upon it if it be within the bounds of pos- 
sibility. But do- not expect the impossible. Like- 
wise do not judge the Evangelist by any one issue. 
Look to the entire history of the publication ; try to 
see the gi'eater outlined principles ; and above all be- 
come an interested subscriber and an ardent booster. 

We solicit your support, not merely for the man- 
agement, but for the Publishing Company. The 
Lord speaks to us and He says, "Go Forward." 

Fred C. Vanator, Managing Editor. 



A day for Publication interests of the church is not 
sufficient any year and certainly not this year. We 
expect to call your attention to our interests and 
needs in at least three issues of the Evangelist. We 
are asking that the offering be received the last Sun- 
day of the month, January 26. Our gifts should be 
large this ye?.r for that new building. We are ask- 
ing for FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS. A lot of 
money you say? We can do it and I BELIEVE WE 


A number of subscriptions will have expired when 
this notice reaches our readers. We expect to mail 
rem'nders out immediately, but if you send in your 
renewal now, it will save much labor here. 

Thanks ! — W. E. R. 

Evangelistic services will begin at the Dutchtown Breth- 
ren Church on Monday evening, January 6. 

Rev. George Pontius, pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Warsaw, Indiana, is to be the evangelist, assisted by our 
pastor. Rev. Louis D. lEngle. Closing date of meeting has 
not been set. We covet the prayers of the Brotherhood, for 
a real revival. 

Sincerely yours in Christ, 
Miss Audrey Randall, Cor. Sec. 

January 4, 1941 


Our new Managing Editor, Rev. Fred C. Vanator 
comes to us from Fremont, Ohio, where he served as 
pastor of our church until December 31st. He as- 
sumed his new 
duties here Janu- 
ary 1, and while 
he suppUed many 
of the articles for 
this issue of the 
Evangelist, this 
paper was print- 
ed before his ar- 

Rev. Vanator 
needs no intro- 
duction to the 
Brethren as he is 
well known 
throughout the 
brotherhood. It is 
not so well known 
that he has had 
considerable ex- 
perience in the printing business over a considerable 
period of years. 

A list of the editors for the coming year is given 
on page two, but this list does not contain the names 
of writers of the Sunday School materials — Dr. L. E. 
Lindower, Rev. John Locke, and Miss Ruth Harley. 
All of these writers will need some managing and 
that is a part of the work of Rev. Vanator. 

In addition to this work. Rev. Vanator will take 
over the direct oversight and responsibihty for the 
print shop. This responsibility, the writer has car- 
ried for fifteen months in addition to other duties, 
and he is very glad to be relieved. 

The direct management of the business office 
will remain in the hands of The Prudential Commit- 
tee for the present with the writer executing for 
them. Miss Maust will remain at her desk in that 
office and Miss Harley will divide her time between 
The Missionary Board and The Publishing House. 

— W. E. R. 


We have been receiving some inquiries concerning 
subscription rates for the new year, so we are again 
making mention of them. The regular rates are 
$2.00 per year; $1.50 per year for gift subscriptions, 
where the individual pays for his own and another 
for a friend ; or a fifty cent reduction is allowed from 
$2.00 when a gift of five dollars or more is given to 
Home Missions, or for a five dollar or more gift to 
the Publishing House. Agents appointed by the 
church will receive their paper free when ten or more 
subscriptions are sent in. — W. E. R. 


Men very often set in motion the forces 
which ultimately prove their own undoing. 
In the crisis hour they may not recognize 
their own handiwork in its returning guise, 
but this in no wise hinders its effectiveness. 
The man who would have a happy and fruit- 
ful end will take serious care what forces he 
arouses and abets. Or so it seems to me. 

The Mentor. 

The Church United 

By Dr. E. G. Mason, President Ashland College 
and Seminary 

Many of our readers will remember a story in one 
of the old McGuffey readers. It concerned an aged 
father whose seven stalwart sons associated together 
in business were constantly quarreling. The num- 
erous quarrels of his sons prevented concerted ac- 
tion and delayed progress among them. This griev- 
ed the old gentleman greatly. He had tried to coun- 
sel and adjui-e them but to no avail. One day upon 
an occasion he called his sons to him. When all were 
together he used a unique method to drive home his 
point. He presented a bundle of sticks to each son 
with the challenge that he should try to break it. 

Each man tried and passed the bundle back to the 
father intact, saying that it was too strong to be 
broken. After all had tried, the father told them 
he could do it easily. He then untied the bundle and 
easily broke each stick separately. Closely bound to- 
gether the bundle of sticks revealed strength and 
permanence but separately each was weak and easily 
broken. Just so it was with the sons said the father. 
United and closely bound together they presented an 
impregnable front but separated each could be easily 
overcome and the business would fall apart. 

A church is much like the bundle of sticks in this 

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fine old story. The church is not the kind of an or- 
ganization that can stand independently of its com- 
ponents parts. Like the human body or an auto- 
mobile it is composed of many parts all of which are 
essential to its work. The human body without an 
eye or a hand or a foot is imperfect physically and 
cannot respond efficiently to the demands that are 
made upon it. An automobile with one wheel or tire 
missing or a valve out of tune or a steering wheel 
gone cannot function. 

The church is made up of its individual congrega- 
tions, of the individuals of each congregation, of its 
Conference officers, of its staff of missionaries, of 
its various national and local associations and organ- 
izations for the welfare of the whole church, and of 
its educational and publishing interests. Therefore, 
the church is more than just an organization that 
stands alone and upon its own. Its strength and 
permanence depend upon the loyalty, support, and 
strength of its component parts. Just so it is with 
the human body without the functioning of an im- 
portant part such as an eye or a hand or a foot. The 
church is weakened if one or a few of its individual 
congregations are weakened or disbanded, or if the 
individuals of any congregation do not support the 
general program of the church or if its Conference 
officers do not work for the interests of the whole 
church, or if its staff of missionaries fail to uphold 
the church and its message, or if its various nation- 
al and local associations and organizations work for 
interests not allied to the general interests, or if its 
publishing interests are not in tune with the plan 
of progress for the church, or if its educational in- 
stitutions do not work in hannony with the whole 

Continuing the automobile as an illustration if it 
would run at all with a broken piston, or a cracked 
spark plug, it could not operate efficiently. Any 
driver of such a car would lose little time in taking it 
to a garage for repairs. But when all parts of the 
church are not functioning properly, we are prone 
to cripple along without taking the time or expend- 
ing the effort to analyze the situation, find the dif- 
ficulty and then correct it. Tliis is not good practice 
and certainly is very wasteful. With an automobile 
we want each part to work efficiently and we are not 
satisfied until it does. But with the church, we are 
not so particular. We continue to cripple along. We 
apply the remedy where we think it is or ought to be 
and let the rest of the parts take care of themselves. 

In an automobile tlie valves may need grinding 
but as the owner I am convinced that it is the spark 
plugs that need changing so I order the spark plugs 
changed but I haven't remedied the real trouble. I 
must grind the valves and remedy all other parts 
needing attention before the motor will function 

In the church, members sometimes are convinced 
that missions or perhaps the educational institutions 
are the only parts that need help or replacement. 
Therefore, other parts or interests are neglected or 
ignored. Tliis condition cannot continue without 
weakening the stucture of the church as a whole. 
Unlike the automobile the church for a time may ap- 
pear on the surface to run smoothly and perfectly 
but it too will eventually be seriously handicapped. 

The church as a unit is composed of many import- 
ant auxiliary organizations and institutions without 
which it cannot exist. We must conceive of it with 
all its component parts. We must see that all parts 
function properly and that none are allowed to de- 
teriorate or weaken. To keep the parts up to a con- 
dition of maximum efficiency is to guarantee that 
the church will grow and show progi'ess. 

The church is the one institution that keeps alive 
the Christian faith and philosophy in the world of 
men where selfishness and material gain abounds. 
The code of Christian ethics which has come from 
our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, through the New 
Testament and the church is the only code of ethics 
by which men may live peacably with one another. 
The church has a great mission to perform in this 
day and age more than at any other time. Just now, 
the world needs the church with its doctrine of love 
and service very, very badly. We must strengthen 
our faith in the church and in the God for which it 
stands in these ti'ying times. 

Now Brethren, The Brethren Church has a gi-eat 
mission to fulfill in its message of the simple Gos- 
pel which all men can accept and practice. We must 
remain true and we must strengthen our faith in its 
mission. To insure its strength and permanence so 
that it can fulfill its mission we must support it loy- 
ally with all its parts or interests so that it shall not 
be crippled or handicapped. This means that in our 
thinking we must support the whole church. The 
National Conference recognized this need and has 
taken steps toward provision for it. Wlien the Bud- 
get Committee reports its work let us each, each in- 
dividual member, resolve to do his full share for the 
future of our beloved church and for the great woi'k 
that she is expected to do. 


By Rev. E. L. Miller, General Conference Moderator 

Brand new, clean and undefiled, a new year has 
come upon us. Now what shall the people of this old 
world of ours do with this youngster? If we are to 
judge by what has been done to the year just pass- 
ed, we fear for the well-being of 1941. Each new 
year is a new challenge to us and 1941 presents it- 
self for use or abuse as the case may be. An old Ger- 

January 4, 1941 

man proverb says, "Allen Anfang ist schwer." In 
plain English this is, "Every beginning is difficult." 
rhat may be only too true of our beginning this new 
ye?a\ Yet true-blooded people. Christian people, are 
not abashed by a difficult problem. We have been 
taught to believe with St. Paul that we "can do all 
things through Christ who strengthens us." So the 
year of our Lord 1941 is upon us with opportunity to 
3erve and do better than we have done in any other 
year, and particularly better than we have done in 

Surely the passing years should teach us lessons 
regarding life and the use or misuse of the same. In 
church and state we have made serious blunders that 
will cost unborn generations untold suffering and 
tremendous outlay of wealth. War, whether it be 
of the carnal kind destroying life and property, or 
the more subtle kind indulged in by church groups, 
has never been to the glory of God or peace and sat- 
isfaction of humanity. It results in division, hard 
feelings, and takes generations to overcome, that is 
if it is overcome at all. The wars between the differ- 
ent nations show this to be only too true. Hatreds 
are generated that hardly ever die. Witness the 
present difficulty in Europe. Whatever may have 
been the immediate cause of the outbreak, it is true 
that earlier wars laid the foundation for this one. 
And it is very likely that when this one is ended, it 
will in reality not be ended at all. It will simply have 
set the stage for a new war at some more or less 
early future date. That has been the case formerly 
and we can hardly expect such a conflagration as 
this one to have any different effect. 

And since the church is composed of people, folks 
like those who compose the national groups, in fact 
the same folks, what can we expect but that, left to 
their own devices, they will get tangled up at times 
and with no real reason at all proceed to wage war 
in spiritual places. In recent years this has been 
only too true in our own fraternity. It is difficult to 
see anything but overweening desire to advance self 
as the cause of our division and lack of harmony. 
The Word tells us to seek each the other's good and 
advancement, but that has given way to planning the 
other fellow's downfall and our own possession of 
power and places of control. That results in division 
be it socially, politically or even religiously. Our 
prayer is that during this new year we shall put a 
different, if not new, stress upon our work and ef- 
forts and bring about a uniting or unifying of all our 
powers. Working at cross purposes has never been 
advantageous or uplifting to any cause or people. 
None the less may we expect such action to be of 
value or help to the church. A. D. 1941 may be the 
year when the nations will come to themselves and 
see that wreck; that suicide will be the final conse- 
quence to their present spreading of terror and de- 

struction. Fervently millions of people are praying 
that such may be the case and that peace might 

In like manner untold numbers of loyal church 
folk are praying that self-appointed and self-anoint- 
ed leaders may see the error of their way and the 
awful results of division, with its losses in so many 
ways, that they will put forth all their efforts in 
showing the love of Christ and the purpose of Christ, 
"That they all may be one," to the glory of His name 
and the satisfaction of the worshiping groups who 
long for the old-time spirit, and the old-time Breth- 
ren fellowship and communion. 

Yes, we have a new year, and shall we have a new 
attitude, a new spirit bom among us ? Shall we try 
to find all the reasons why we should love one an- 
other rather than the few items of difference which 
we have been stressing to engender hate? It is up to 
our people to get together and show the world that 
we are sane and that we do know that "divided we 
fall, while united we may stand." It has been said, 
and truthfully, that while a mule is kicking he can't 
pull, and while he is pulling he can't kick. Let us try 
the pulling and that together, knowing that then we 
will get somewhere worth while. Too much kicking 
has been permitted and indulged in; now for a 
good, strong, united pull. The devil enjoys nothing 
more than to have the Lord's people stale-mated by 
fightings and bickerings within the church fold. And 
he can destroy churches or even the church easily 
if he can only get the membership to keep up a con- 
stant ruckus, be it about little or nothing. Benjamin 
Franklin gave the colonists something to think about 
when he said, "We must all hang together or surely 
we shall hang separately." And could anything be 
more significant for the church, our church today? 
So then, "In honor prefering one the other," let us 
start the new year right by setting before us and 
emphasizing a oneness of purpose that shall result 
in bringing together those who love the Lord and 
who love the church to which we have given our- 
selves, the Brethren Church. Such a spirit should 
result in making us one as we have never yet been 
one. Jesus prayed for such a getting together on 
the part of His followers, and it is ours to show that 
we really love Him by reacting decently to the won- 
derful prayer of our Great High Priest. Were Jesus 
to come during the year 1941 would He find us real- 
ly united and doing His will, or would it be we would 
be found stressing our own httle wills to the utter 
neglect of His commands to us ? Our prayer is that 
all we do during this year may be to make our be- 
loved church more powerful for God, and this can 
be done only by unifying our efforts and by having a 
oneness of purpose. May God give us the grace "- 
do His will in His way regardless of our little notions. 

— Maurertown, Va. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Xhe Contributing Editors' Page 

Becoming Simplicity 

By Rev. Fi-ank Gehman 

"I would have you wise unto that which is good, 
and simple unto that which is evil", Rom. 16:19b. 

Everyone seems to desire to appear sophisticated 
in our day. "Worldly wise" is the way even our 
modem children wish to appear. The person who 
does not "know his way around" is looked upon pat- 
ronizingly as a simpleton. His "greenness" is oc- 
casion for sly fun or for open ridicule as the case may 
be. Because we are a generation of sophisticates 
there is a refreshing note to Paul's words. 

Sophistication is more likely to turn toward the 
evil than toward the good. This is so because it has 
to do with worldly things. But it is wise in its own 
way and in its own realm, that is, it knows about the 
things in the realm in which it moves. It ridicules 
that simplicity which does not share its own wisdom. 

So are the unregenerate wise in their own way and 
in the realm wherein they live and move. They have 
a wisdom of this world and that wisdom is often con- 
taminating in its contacts and influences. Small 
wonder then that Paul should have written as he did, 
praying this prayer of his, or that the Scripture 
should exhort to separation from the world. 

The gentle grandmother who has lived her whole 
life in a small place might easily be wholly at loss in 
a metropolitan center, bewildered by the many peo- 
ple and their strange activities and not knowing how 
to make use of metropolitan facilities or to find her 
way about. Yet with all her simplicity regarding 
such matters with which her grandchildren may be 
so glibly familiar, she may easily be wise beyond all 
their wisdom when it comes to matters of real life. 
The true profit comes in being wise toward the use- 
ful and beneficial and simple toward the useless and 

Paul desired exactly that for his readers, that they 
be wise unto the good and simple unto the evil. The 
Christian ought always to be so. Surely one who de- 
sires to be a child of God and a son of the Kingdom 
can find no profit in being filled with an evil wis- 
dom. Instead he should be wise unto the good and 
simple unto the evil. This is a simplicity of mind and 
soul that the Christian should always seek and de- 

sire to cultivate. No matter that they who are wise 
to this world may consider him a simpleton. They, 
in turn, are simpletons when it comes to heavenly 
and spiritual things. 

Of what greater value it is to be simple to the evil 
than to the good! Recently, while on my way to 
preach the Gospel in a needy section of the city, I 
was accosted by a young man seeking money for 
food (he said). Seeing no spiritual wisdom in giv- 
ing a stranger money within a half dozen paces of a 
hquor counter, I asked him to go along with me and 
he would be fixed up with food afterward. But the 
mere mention of my destination brought forth a vol- 
ley of excuses from him in the course of expressing 
which he used some slang totally new and unknown 
to me. But I was perfectly willing to be simple unto 
the worldly "wisdom" which he paraded that I 
might, perchance, be wise unto the good, and so la- 
bored in partial ignorance of what he had really said 
while he, in his turn, was probably in some doubt 
about my appeal to him. We spoke differing langu- 

An aged Christian, told me of a young woman, who 
spoke evil words tO' his wife, words which in all her 
years she had never heard before. Is it strange that 
he should not call that young woman good ? Sadly, 
she was simple unto that which is good, while it 
would have been far more becoming to her profes- 
sion of Christian faith had she had the grandmoth- 
er's simplicity unto evil instead. Our Saviour's very 
simplicity unto the evil in the presence of which He 
often stood was always a grave rebuke to it. 

But the world moves on with many wise only unto 
the evil. Their minds and their lives are steeped in 
it. They know nothing else. Their acts and deeds 
are filled with the evil unto which alone they are 
wise. They profess satisfaction with their "wis- 
dom", but are unhappy in it. More than ever will 
they be unhappy in the full and final fruits of it. In 
all this the true Christian neithei- has nor can he de- 
sire any part. To be wise unto the evil is to shut out 
the good. This does not befit the Christian. 

Wise unto the good and simple unto the evil is the 
simplicity that is becoming to the Christian. Such 
simplicity is refreshing and inspiring and wholly fit- 
ting to the child of God and heir of the Kingdom. It 
is the simplicity that makes room for the fruit of 
the Spirit in the life. 

January 4, 1941 


There are three mediums of imparting and receiv- 
ing information — the tongue, the ears and the eyes. 
Without argument the eye is the most important of 
the three. What we hear, we may distort ; what we 
say, may go unheard, but what we see stamps an in- 
iehble picture upon our minds that cannot be erased. 

With that fact before us let us expand somewhat 
an the need of Church Literature. The late Will 
Rogers was fond of saying, "All I know is what I see 
in the papers." Of course we all realize that this is 
not the only source of information, but the progress 
3f our denominational plans are all too often judged 
oy the meager facts that find their way into the 
columns of the church paper. 

Now Brethren Chui'ch literature has two crying 
leeds. First, a wider circulation in the homes of the 
Drotherhood, and, second, a more enthusiastic sut,- 
port by the entire church. 

May we enlarge on each of these for a moment. 

Take the matter of wider circulation. Advertisers 
n the secular world judge the value of their copy by 
;he number of subscribers to the papei' or magazine 
n which they advertise. One of the first questions 
isked is, "How many people do you cover?" and, "Is 
>^our circulation constant?" The church paper is 
;he medium through which information of a vital 
lature is dispensed to the church at large. In other 
?vords, the contents of the church paper is to the 
;hurch what the advertisement is to the merchant — 
;he beckoning hand to participate in its affairs for 
nutual benefit. No secular paper would long flour- 
sh if it failed in its advertising program. And a 
;hurch paper will fail in its endeavors if it ceases to 
become the outlet of information concerning its af- 
fairs, imparted for mutual benefit. 

Therefore ,the evident need of our present time is 
;o put MORE Evangelists in MORE homes in order 
;hat MORE people may have MORE information 
ibout the MORE important matters concerning the 
ihurch and that the entire brotherhood may become 
VIORE interested in the work of ALL the church. 

What must be done to accomplish this ? More sub- 
scriptions — wider circulation. 

Now let us turn to the matter of Enthusiastic Sup- 
)ort. What we need is a "Whispering Campaign" to 
mgender an enthusiasm for the forward-looking 
)lans of the church. Official Boards: "Just how en- 
;husiastic is the announcement made concerning the 
)ublications of our Publishing House?" Sunday 
school Superintendents: "Just how important do 
^ou deem the use of our own Brethren Sunday School 
iterature in your school?" Pastors: "Just how em- 
)hatic is the need of a great Publication Offering 
nade to the congregation?" Church members: 

"Just how readily do you respond with your sub- 
scriptions and your offerings ?" These are questions 
which only you, as individuals, can answer. 

Important developments in the work of the Pub- 
Lshing Company are not far away. In order to make 
these advances come more rapidly, the entire broth- 
erhood must take seriously the need of the Publish- 
ing Interests. Your contact with the various other 
interests of the church is kept intact through the 
Evangelist. Make the offering this year the best in 
the history of the church. 

Help the Publishing Company, and it, in turn, will 
help you ! 

F. C. V. 


(Part II. Moderator's Address at the k^enna. Dist- 
rict Conference, Masontown, Penna., 1940, delivered 
by Rev. Floyd Sibert, Moderator.) 

Today we see misguided citizens in so-called civil- 
ized countries side-tracking ideals for idols. It is 
true in South America. Today we see the cross of 
Christ replaced by the swastika. We see pictures of 
Christ replaced by those of Hitler. They tell us they 
are developing a new civilization, a race of super- 
men. It calls to mind those words : "What fools we 
mortals be." 

In Russia, churches are either wrecked or turned 
into pool rooms, card rooms or dens of iniquity. The 
tomb of Lenin takes the place of the altar with its 
golden cross. While dictators do the thinking these 
nations once more enter the dark ages to emerge 
eventually in ruin. 

It was Christian ideals instilled in the hearts of 
real American patriots that turned the tide of re- 
signing to a dictator. Patriotic citizens pledged 
their lives and their fortunes in their struggle for 
freedom and liberty. 

And take ourselves — where are we headed ? Why, 
I can remember less than five years ago, many peo- 
ple were advocating a dictator for our own land of 
the free. Our morale was at such low ebb that peo- 
ple were willing to sacrifice liberty for what they 
thought would be security. But where is security 
under a dictator? At the turn of the hand, he can 
will that you become cannon fodder. He can order 
your execution without trial. A simple offense may 
result in your being thrown into an internment camp 
to rot away for the rest of your life. There is no 
such things as security under dictatorship. It is 
Satanic in order and has no place in the realm of 
Christian ideals nor within the sanctity of the 
church. Too much confidence and faith in one man 
always results in disaster. 


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No, don't entertain the idea of surrendering the 
Christian ideals of the old church fathers for cultur- 
ed idols. Cling to your faith in a living Savior and 
a coming King and keep steadfast in the faith. At- 
tend church regularly. It is there you will obtain 
the spiritual help you need. Tlie arm of flesh will 
fail. Idols may come and go, but the teachings of 
God will remain forever. Brethren, think it over 
while you still are allowed to think. 

There can be no denying the fact that the church 
has substituted social trends for the Christ-centered 
ideals of the early church. Whenever the church 
turns her ear to the voice of the multitude as Pilate 
did rather than to the voice of God, she loses her 

The first task of the church is to recover her pow- 
er. The voice of Isaiah is shouting down over the 
ages once more, "Awake, awake; put on thy 
strength, Zion." Isaiah 52:1. Still it remains true 
that amidst tlie gloom and disheartening aspect of 
world affairs there is but one token of confidence 
and hope, the Christian church. The church with its 
ideals of love, justice and brotherhood transcends all 
and everything offered by any secular institution. 
Many of the contemporary leaders of thought 
stake all on the church for the reconstruction of a 
better world. Viewing the present crisis, Dr. Albert 
Einstein spoke thus of the church: "I never had any 
special interest in the church before, but now I feel 
a great affection and admiration because the church 
has had the courage and persistence to stand for in- 
tellectual truth and moral freedom." 

The world today presents a challenge, as well as 
an opportunity, to the church. It is up to the church 
to assume moral and spiritual leadership and bring 
the nations out of general moral chaos. If the 
church fails here, then the world is lost. Will the 
church be able to assume moral and spiritual leader- 
ship? The answer is all too evident. Not unless she 
recaptures the spiritual vitality of the Apostolic 
chui'ch. Of the first Christian church it is recorded 
that they were filled with the ix)wer of the Holy 
Spirit. There is no substitute for this power; with- 
out it the church can never complete her task of 
evangelizing the world. 

Then lest we forget, the first church was a Christ- 
centered church. The Christ of Galilee, the Christ 
of the Cross, is the dynamo of the Christian religion. 
He is its life. When Christ is obscured by programs, 
crusades and institutionalism, the church suffers the 
loss of power and vision. Today the church must 
become Christ-centered. His mind must find ade- 
quate expression in the total program of the church. 
He will lead His people into closer fellowship with 
God and to definite soul saving action. 

The spiritual temperature of the average church 

must be raised. All must awake from their state of 
lethargy, purge out the old leaven of materialism, 
and bring forth the fruit of the spirit, "Love, joy, 
peace, good temper, kindliness, generosity, self-con- 

The present crisis demands a greater faith in God, 
not merely in the idea of God. Not greater faith in 
more things, but more faith in greater things is the 
need of the hour. When the church has regained 
spiritual strength, when she is fully conscious of her 
divine origin and soul saving mission, then she shall 
be able to challenge the nations to peace, justice and 
brotherhood; but let her first become better ac- 
quainted with the Prince of peace. 

Christ said "Ye shall have power after the Holy 
Spirit is come upon you. We need power. It takes 
power to go forward. Progi'ess requires the expend- 
ing of energy. One can drift down stream, but never 
up. Let us then tarry for a refilling of the Holy 
Spirit. His spirit is power. 

We are now ready to ask how God would have us 
go forward. For the people of Israel, it meant go- 
ing forward in repentance and tears. They had sin- 
ned against Moses and against God. Their sin was 
the sin of murmuring, complaining, and just plain 
disobedience to the commands of God. They dis- 
obeyed His command to go foi"ward. It cost thenti 
many tears. A generation had to be buried befon 
they could again go forward; and when they did go 
forward it was to an altar. It is a sad and danger- 
ous practice to put old and established, man-madt 
customs and practices above the plain teachings anc 
commands of God. It is also a disastrous practice 
for a church to assume the role of dictating to th« 
man of God. In the first place, he has been called o: 
God to a holy task. Whom God calls. He anoints anc 
endues with both wisdom and power to lead aright 
In the second place, he is the one person in the com 
munity who has been trained as an expert in the nur 
ture of the spirit and the care of the soul. The laity 
of the church never think of dictating to the surgeon 
the various steps of an operation. They pay him be- 
cause he knows. They do not say that because ONE 
doctor is a "quack", ALL doctors are "quacks". We 
need to be careful that unfortunate and unpleasant 
experiences within the ranks of the ministry do not 
destroy our faith in the Christian ministry as a 
whole, and thus stalemate progress in the church. 
Without faith in leaders there can be no leading; 
witliout wise leading there can be little progi'ess. 
The Scriptures nowhere make room for a dictator in 
tlie church. The record tells us of one man who tried 
it and by so doing got his church into an awful tur- 
moil. His name was Diotrephes. We venture that 
the church did not soon forget the folly of following 
too closely the thoughts and dictates of one man. 
The church is both blind and halt that does not profit 

January 4, 1941 

by experience. The pastor is not to lord it over the 
flock. They must go forward together ; first to the 
altar, and then to victory. 

God would have us go forward by seeking the 
highest and best experience He has to offer. There 
is no limit to God's supply. "Seek and ye shall find" ; 
"Ask and it shall be given." The joys of heaven may 
be had for the asking. 

He would also have us go foi-ward by constant ad- 
dition of His best gifts. 2 Peter 1:5-8, "Grace and 
peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge 
of God, and of Jesus our Lord. According as His di- 
vine power hath given unto us all things that pertain 
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of 
him that hath called us to glory and virtue : Whereby 
are given unto us exceeding great and precious prom- 
ises: that by these ye might be partakers of divine 
nature, having escaped the coiTuption that is in the 
world through lust. And besides this, giving all dil- 
igence, add to your faith virtue ; and to virtue knowl- 
3dge ; and to knowledge temperance ; and to temper- 
mce patience ; and to patience godliness ; And to god- 
iness brotherly kindness ; and to brotherly kindness 
charity. For if these things be in you and abound, 
;hey make you that ye shall neither be baiTen nor 
infruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus 

Too many are content with crumbs when God is 
mxious to supply them with loaves of bread from 
leaven. For proof of this fact I point to the chui-ch 
)n Wednesday night. A prominent church in Pitts- 
)urgh, with a membership of thirteen hundred, has 
IS many as twenty-five who attend the prayer meet- 
ng and Bible study class. Why should we be con- 
;ent to seek the least when God offers the best? Tlie 
vayward son fed upon husks until he came to him- 


self and returned to his father where he received the 
best. Brethren, it's about time we came to oursel- 
ves. How can cliurch leaders hope to glorify God 
by their leading when they are content to feed daily 
upon husks? The real Gospel feast on Wednesday 
night never stirs their appetites. Yet they make 
swelling pretenses and glory in holding the throttle 
of spiritual institutions. A change of diet is in or- 
der for many. 

God would have us go foi-ward by entire submis- 
sion to His will. You say tliat is a piper's dream. 
I say it is the command of God, and therefore both 
possible and necessary to spiritual growth and pro- 
gress. "To as many as believed on him, to them 
gave he power to become the Sons of God." Paul 
states very clearly God's disappointment in Chris- 
tians wlio are emaciated and anaemic. God expects 
the babes in Christ to forsake the bottle for strong 
meat. In other words. He expects them to grow up 
spiritually; and they will, if they partake of the diet 
He prescribes. 

He would have us go forward by constantly re- 
sisting the devil, not by might or power, but by His 
Word and spirit. "Thy Word have I hid in my heart 
that I might not sin against thee." There is no bet- 
ter fortification than this. 

God would have us go foi-ward by diligently wor- 
shipping God in secret and in public. No man can 
escape the command to "neglect not the assembling 
of yourselves together", any more than can he es- 
cape the command to enter the closet and shut the 
door. Too many timid saints lack diligence in con- 
stant, daily testimony of their love and allegiance to 
their Savior and Lord. 

(To Be Continued) 

Our Children's Department 



)ear Children : 

I am very sorry that the Children's 
lorner was crowded out of the White 
rift issue of the Brethren Evangelist. 

hope that you were not too badly dis- 
ppointed and that you will not be 
lighted again. 

Having enjoyed a nice Christmas we 
re now ready to begin a new year. If 
re will let Christ help to guide us, we 
?ill have happiness throughout the 

John 16:13 "He will guide you into 
.11 truth." 

It was a cold winter morning in High 
lidge school district. The pupils hur- 

ried to school, for the frosty air stung 
their faces, and besides they were anxi- 
ous to be with their teacher for another 

Every one liked Miss Dickson, who 
was teaching High Ridge school for her 
third year. This morning Miss Dick- 
son gave each pupil a clean, white sheet 
of paper. She asked them to draw a 
picture of something they had seen on 
the way to school. Billie drew the jiic- 
ture of a squirrel that ran up into a 
tree, as he came up the mountain path. 
Betty drew a large snow drift. She 
was small and had difficulty in getting 
through a large drift down the hill. 

Bob saw a train across the valley, and 
his picture was so plain and real look- 
ing that one could fairly hear it 
whistle. Mary drew the picture of a 
lamb hovering near a hay stack to get 
away from the driving wind. Joe drew 
a car with a man working desperately 
to get it started on that cold morning. 

Each child had some picture of in- 
terest to show Miss Dickson, except 
Jerry who had marked all over his pa- 
per. He had let his paper become soil- 
ed and wrinkled. 

The teacher looked at each paper 
very carefully, and gave each one the 
grade they had earned. When she 
came to Jerry's picture, she marked a 
big X on it and returned it to his desk. 
The other pictures were placed on the 
bulletin board, so every one could see 
them. While the other children enjoy- 
ed a time of play, Jerry had to remain 
in his seat all recess and study. 
We might use this to illustrate the 


The Brethren Evangelist 

story of our lives. We are all children 
in the school of life. Christ is our kind 
and loving teacher. We have lived 
through 1940 and we have made mis- 
takes, we have let our page of life be- 
come soiled and wrinkled with thoughts, 
words and actions that God would not 
have Brethren boys and girls to let be 
in their lives. 

Now Christ is giving us a new year, 
a clean sheet of paper to start 1941. We 
must be very careful to keep 1941 clean. 
We must not mess up our lives with bad 
thoughts, words and actions, for we do 

not want Christ to see our soiled lives, 
like Miss Dickson saw Jerry's soiled 
paper. If Jerry had done as his teach- 
er had asked him to do, he, too, would 
have had a nice picture to present. If 
we do as Christ asks us to do, we will 
be able to stand before Him unashamed 
of what we have done in 1941. 

We might mention some of the things 
that Christ wants us to do to keep our 
sheet of life, 1941, clean. First of all 
He wants us to accept Him as our Sa- 
vior and to trust in Him. Then He 
wants us to read our Bibles and to 

pray. I am sure that Mother will read 
to you if you can not read for your self. 
We must also work for Jesus. There 
are many boys and girls who are not in 
Sunday School. We can tell them 
about Jesus and invite them to go to 
Church and Sunday School with us. 

I would be very glad to hear from 
every boy and girl in the Brethren 
Church. Will you please write me a 

With love in Christ's name, 
Aunt Loretta, 
513 Bowman St., 

Mansfield, Ohio. 


By Dr. C. F. Yoder 

Nearly a month has now elapsed since landing in 
Argentina and I am glad to report progress in the 
establishment of the work of The Brethren Church 
in Argentina. The first week was spent meeting my 
family and friends again. On Sunday, Nov. 10th, I 
heard brother Robert Romanenghi preach a good 
sermon over the radio in Buenos Aires. On Sunday, 
Nov. 17th, I visited the mission in Almafuerte, of 
which I may have more to say later. 

On Nov. 17th, I visited the mission conducted by 
brother Jose Anton in Buenos Aires. On account of 
the illness and death of his wife he was obliged to 
give up the house he occupied several years in the 
district known as "Nueva Pompeia" and since then 
has remarried and has recently been living in a dis- 
trict known as "Sarandi". With only a few weeks of 
labor he has gathered together a nice Sunday School, 
and the children had prepared an elaborate program 
of welcome for me. 

The owners of the house were present and were so 
delighted that they have promised to make changes 
in the house to adapt it better to the meetings. The 
district is full of children and it is not occupied by 
any other denomination. It is only about a twenty- 
minute ride from the business center of the city. 
While in Buenos Aires I visited the suburbs on all 
sides, but while there are important districts that 
are as' yet unoccupied, I found none that seems bet- 
ter adapted to Brother Anton and his work than the 
one where he is. His wife is a splendid worker and 
her mother and sister also will help as they can in 
the work. His son and daughter also are good help- 
ers. The daughter is sixteen now and would like to 
take a course of training for missionaries. Churches 
or societies that wish to help some definite object 
would do well to give to a fund to help this girl and 
other young people who have proved themselves as 
faithful workers and want to be missionaries. It is 

quite likely that a kindergarten will be started in 
connection with our work in Buenos Aires. 

From Buenos Aires I went to Rosario, and there 
another welcome meeting had been arranged. About 
a hundred persons, old and young, assembled in the 
home of Brother Garcia, all of them converts, al- 
though not all have as yet been baptized. The joy 
and enthusiasm manifested on' this occasion indi- 
cates that there is good material here for the forma- 
tion of a large church in due time. At the Sunday 
School next day, and again at the evening meeting, 
the hall was filled with converts. Brother Garcia 
has done a remarkable work to gather and hold so 
many people with so little help or encouragement 
from our church. Brother Adolfo Zeche is expected 
in Rosario this week to open work in a new hall about 
six squares from the old. Meetings will be continued 
for a time at least in the old in order not to lose any- 
one by the change. Both are in a district where 
there are thousands of children and grown people 
not being reached by any other mission. I am con- 
fident that we will soon have a large work in this 
gi'eat city. 

Of Cordoba I hope to write in my next letter. 


Eighty Per Cent of Concentration Camp Prisoners 
Are of That Faith 

From Time Magazine 

"Not you, Herr Hitler, but God is my Fuehrer." 

These defiant words of Pastor Martin Niemoeller 
were echoed by millions of Germans. And Hitler 
raged: "It is Niemoeller or I." 

So this second Christmas of Hitler's war finds 
Niemoeller and upward of 20,000 other Christiana 
(some estimates run as high as 800,000) behind the 
barbed wire of the frozen Nazi concentration camps. 
Here men bear mute witness that the Christ — whose , 
birth the outside world celebrates unthinkingly at 

anuary 4, 1941 


)hristmas — can still inspire a living faith for which 
tien and women even now endure imprisonment, tor- 
ure and death as bravely as in centuries past. 

More than 80 per cent of the prisoners in the con- 
entration camps are not Jews but Christians, and 
he best tribute to the spirit of Germany's Christians 
omes from a Jew and agnostic — the world's most 
amous scientist, Albert Einstein. Says he : 

"Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution 
ame in Germany, I looked to the universities to de- 
end it, knowing that they had always boasted of 
heir devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the 
miversities immediately were silenced. Then I 
ooked to the great editors of the newspapers whose 
laming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed 
heir love of freedom ; but they, like the universities, 
vere silenced in a few short weeks . . . 

"Only the church stood squarely across the path 
of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never 
had any special interest in the church before, but 
now I feel a great affection and admiration because 
the church alone has had the courage and persistence 
to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I 
am forced thus to confess that what I once despised 
I now praise unreservedly." 

Though the Nazis have jailed more than 10,000 
pastors, priests and monks for long or short periods 
and an unknown number have been beaten to death, 
the churches stand far higher in German esteem to- 
day than they did in the easy-going '20's. Church 
congregations have grown remarkably. Sales of the 
Bible have shot up from 830,000 copies in 1933 to 
1,225,000 in 1939, topping "Mein Kampf" by about 

Brotherhood Programs 

(This is the second article in a series to be printed each month in The Evangelist 
5n the subject of Boy's Work in the Brethren Church. It is written by the chair- 
nan of the National Brotherhood Committee.) 



One Who Is Not 

If I were a boy today, do you know what I would do? Well, you might be sur- 
prised. And so might I. But let me be a boy again, just for today, if it be only 
n the land of make-believe. The best boys who ever lived came from that land 
jny way. Only they were make-believe men. After all, it is only a step from boy 
;o man. Yet never can man take that step back again. He will always have to 
make-believe. A boy can have his make-believe man come true. I cannot, other 
ihan have it come true through you. You are not I, nor I you; but what you be- 
;ome is my share with you. Now, what do you think of that? 

The kind of program you have, and 
nterest you take in it, and develop by 
t, determines in a very large measure, 
;he success or failure of your meetings. 
Dur Manual suggests these five feat- 
ires for your programs. They are: 

1. Scripture order, where each officer 
ind committee chairman, at the sound 
)f the gavel and quiet, arises and quotes 
lis special verse of scripture. This 
should be followed by one, or by the 
jroup, quoting the "Brother Ideal" al- 
so found in our Manual. This procedure 
!s dignified, interesting, Biblical and 
spiritual. It makes a good starter. The 
3oys like it. 

2. Devotional, where a period is spent 
n singing gospel songs and choruses, 
followed by a round of prayer from all 
i\'ho will. Many boys learn to pray this 

3. Bible study, where some good out- 
line is followed, such as is given in the 
'Boy Life" Sunday School paper each 
week, headed, "Boy's Bible League", 
rhis is very good and we commend it 

highly. A boy leader can do this him- 
self. Sometimes the pastor might be 
asked to bring a twenty minute Bible 
Study, having the boys look up refer- 
ences and reading them in meeting. 

4. Business, where payment of dues is 
made and recorded by secretary and 
turned over to the treasurer, and any 
and all business transacted. 

5. Recreational, when some time is 
spent playing games, interesting to 
boys and fitting to circumstances, 
whether in the home, church or out in 
the open. Refreshments always in- 
crease the boys interests. 

If these five features are followed 
there will be no question of the boys in- 
terest. They get something to keep for 
life from such meetings. Boys like 
movement and change. This type of 
program provides for it. Do not drag 
any of these periods out at great 
length. Make the meeting to the point 
and snappy. 

N. V. Leatherman, Chairman, 
National Brotherhood Committee. 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

Topic for January 5, 1941 


Scripture Text, II Peter 3:13-18 

Daily Bible Readings 

Frailty of Life, James 4:13-15. 
A Life Well Spent, I Sam. 7:15-17. 
A Negative Purpose, Dan. 1 :5-8. 
A Life Rule and Promise, Matt. 6:33. 
A Worthy Ambition, Phil. 3:13-14. 
An Eve For the Future, Heb. 11:24- 


For the Leader 

Sooner or later, each of us will ask 
ourselves the important question, "For 
What Am I Living?" And we have a 
right to ask such a question. It is a 
natural question to ask when we see 
lives all around us, some successful, 
some who fail, some who are sick, some 
who enjoy good health, in fact, every 
conceivable station in life. As we con- 
sider these varied lives, it is natural 
that we focus our thoughts on our own 
life. It is certain that we are here for 
a purpose, and a God-given purpose at 
that. Were this not the case, there 
would not be such a high value placed 
on a human life. We must never lose 
sight of the fact that as long as we live 
we have a purpose to accomplish, even 
though we lose our health, our friends, 
or whatever, we are still here for a 
purpose. Our subject tonight deals with 
the all iniDortant question, "What about 
my life?" 


suicide occurs because the victim fails 
to realize that he or she is here for 


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some definite purpose, and because that 
person cannot understand that no mat- 
ter how dark the moment is, that there 
is hope of brighter days ahead. Again, 
to the average mind, it looks foolish 
for a person to work hard all through 
life, save enough to enjoy his sunset 
years, and then become an invalid or die 
just when he should be enjoying life. 
Life cannot mean much to those who 
look at it in this way. We have a pur- 
pose, and that is: to live my life among 
men as best I know how, witnessing for 
my Christ, and living with the vision of 
eternal life and service before my eyes 
constantly, doing all with the prayer- 
sought help and strength of my Lord, 
Jesus Christ. This doesn't mean that 
we are all to be preachers or mission- 
aries as a profession (many should be) 
but as we labor towards our goals of 
occupation, we should ever remember 
our main purpose in life. We were 
created to "give praise unto God". If 
we live in sin and serve Satan, we are 
not fulfilling our purpose. 

life without a definite goal in mind is 
like a ship without a port ahead. Count- 
less numbers of our nation's young peo- 
ple are making no endeavor to attain 
to anything. It is these young people 
who are filling our 'jitterburg" dance 
halls and "delightful" beer gardens. It 
is these that go wild every time an or- 
chestra starts to play. They have no 
goal in mind, but are living only for the 
present good time. These will never 
contribute anything wholesome and 
beneficial to our nation, but in exactly 
the opposite way, will tend to lead us 
into immorality and sin. As Christian 
Endeavorers, we should counteract such 
conduct by living the kind of life as giv- 
en in the Scriptures; keeping pure and 
undefiled by the help of Christ. We 
can attain to the highest goals we set, 
in business, church, and home, if we are 
willing to avoid the "fleshly lusts which 
war against the soul" and center all our 
efforts to the winning of our goal. 
Choose your business or occupational 
goals you would like to reach; then cen- 
ter your efforts on reaching them, tak- 
ing Christ along with you in all your 
noble endeavors. 

est happiness, which in itself is a noble 
goal, is in serving others. All of us 
are, or soon will be, busy earning a liv- 
ing so that we can keep body and soul 
together in fairly good shape. Our 
present economic condition and its de- 
mands leaves very little time for help- 
ing others. Our church can use us in 
choir work, teaching a class, or helping 
on committees, etc. We can also be busy 
inviting non-church-goers to come to 
church services. 1941 is before us. We 
should strive to be of as much service 
to our Church and community as we 
can. If each of us would bring just one 
more to C. E. next Sunday night, we 
would have just twice our attendance 

tonight. And think what a fine service 
we would be rendering those we invite, 
because in so doing, we are inviting 
them to hear about God and Christ and 
the Bible. We must not be too busy to 
be of help to others, and should so live 
our lives that we can give the utmost 
of benefit to others. 

time, our money, our body, we are liv- 
ing for someone. We cannot live to 
ourself. Each of us has 24 hours each 
day. With those precious hours we are 
either serving Christ and the Church or 
sei-ving Satan and sin. Even when 
working or studying, we are serving 
whom-soever is our master. The Word 
tells us Christians that "one is our Mas- 
ter, even Christ" (Matt. 23:10). As 
Christians we are living for Christ, not 
with just a lip testimony of word or 
tongue, but in deed and truth. As w-e 
work and live for Christ, upholding 
His principles of life and His church, 
we will know that we have found the 
thing for which we are living. We may 
work on the farm, in the factory, we 
may go to school, we may build a home, 
but we must never loose sight of the 
fact that we are to live for Christ. 
This should give us a wllingness to 
serve Him in whatever work He has for 

matter of "For what am I living" it is 
highly important that we know what 
comes first in our life. This winter 
the Pastor of one of our Churches spoke 
to a high-school girl who was a singer 
in the Church choir. He said, "We're 
looking for you at practice tonight for 
our Christmas cantata". She answer- 
ed, "Why no, there's a basketball game 
tonight. Our boys are playing there 
and I'm going to that, so I can't come 
to practice." Not five minutes later 
the Pastor met a girl-friend of the first 
girl, who also was in the Christmas 
program. The Pastor said, "I guess 
you are going to the big game tonight." 
She replied, "Oh no, I'd like to go be- 
cause it is an important game, but you 
know we're having practice tonight at 
the Church for our Christmas program, 
and I'm going to practice". As young 
people it makes a world of difference 
where our heart is, and what comes 
first in our life, which can tell us for 
what we are living! 

Bible Verses and Comment 

James 4:13-15. Yesterday is gone, 
we cannot count on tomorrow, today is 
here; use it. We should live each day 
with the thought in mind that we can- 
not tell what will happen on the mor- 
row. No one can tell how long we will 
live. No one can foretell tomorrow's 
events, or events of 1941. Fortune tell- 
ers think they can, and many crack- 
brained people fall for their line, but 
James tells us that we cannot know 

about the morrow's happenings. So it 
is up to us to do the most in living for 
Christ in the time we have today. If 
by the mercies of God we are given 
more days to live, we must profit by 
today's mistakes and go on in service 
for Christ. 

Matt. 6:33. We are children of God 
and are thus cared for and protected by 
Him. Our first duty is to make our- 
selves right in relationship to God. By 
this we are assured that the needs of 
life will be supplied. We need to trust 
in God more than we have, for as we 
trust in Him and seek Him, so will our 
temporal lives be made happier, and 
more satisfactory. 

Heb. 11:24-26. Moses asked himself 
the question of our topic. For what am 
I living ? He took stock of himself and 
then chose rather to suffer affliction 
with his own people than to abide in 
the courts of Egypt, because he knew 
what the end would be. Egyptian pleas- 
ures would bring him to death unpre- 
pared for eternity. Reproaches of his 
people and service to God would bring 
him to eternal life. Egyptian pleasures 
of this life will take us to our grave 
with sorrow and eternal living death as 
our reward. If we will consider the 
reproaches of Christ far greater riches 
than the pleasures of this life, our eter- 
nal rewards will be in accord with our 
belief and our service for Christ. 


1. Does God have a purpose in every 
human being, including the unwanted 
child, the weak minded, the man of the 
gutter, the fallen woman, etc ? It is 
often this class of people who ask them- 
selves the question, what am I living 
for. What answer can we give them? 

2. We are to have aims in life. Is 
there any danger of setting our aims 
too high? 

3. What should be our attitude if, af- 
ter striving to reach our aims, we fall 
short? Should we lower our goals? 

4. How can we live our lives better 
for Christ and the Church in 1941 ? 

5. In what ways in 1941 can we im- 
prove our worship of God ? 

W. St. Claire Benshoff, Topic Editor. 

NEWS from the FIELD 

CAMP li 

The Southeastern Young People's 
Camp will be held this year at the 
same place, Camp Peniel near Thur- 
mont, Maryland. The rates will be the 
same as last year, five dollars for the 
entire camp period. The date of the 
camp will be August 10 to 16, camp to 
open on Sunday afternoon and close on 
Saturday afternoon. The staff will 
consist of, Dr. Leslie Lindower, Ashland 




lev. P 
ey, ^ 

lollege, Ashland, 0. 
ss Margaret Low- 
ifhlin, Miss Kathe- 
. Clarence Rohrer, 
Miss Helen Rohrer 

i\. .iiy to begin planning 

or this Reports of prospective 

ttendance are splendid. 

Camp Commitee: 

Freeman Ankrum, Chr. 
Clarence Rohrer, 
John Locke, 
L. A. Myers, 
Margaret Lowrey. 


On December first we closed our first 
ear's work with the Corinth Church. 
Ve have had a very profitable year, 
"he Church is located about one and 
ne-half miles southeast of the town of 
Velve Mile, Indiana. It is made up of 
he rural people of the community, and 
, very fine community it is. In our 
hort ministry with these people we 
ave learned to love and appreciate 
hem in more ways than one, and we 
eel that this love and appreciation has 
een reciprocal. The work throughout 
he year has made a marked advance- 
tient. Recently, we compared the 
ecords of 1939 and 1940 and found that 
ur attendance had increased 2^ per- 
ent. It passes the 100 mark each Sun- 

Beginning the first Sunday iii the 
Jew Year we are starting a program 
o promote regularity in our attend- 
.nce. Each member of our Sunday 
School will be checked carefully each 
Sunday to determine the number 
hroughout the year that attends every 
Sunday. We hope to see results from 
his. We have had several weddings in 
ur Church this past summer and felt 
he need of another Sunday School 
lass and out of this need has come 
he creation and organization of a 
'oung married people's class. This 
lass has selected Bro. Gordon Green, 
ne of our splendid young married men, 
IS teacher of this class. The class is 
growing in interest and attendance each 

There is great interest shown in a 
lewly organized Christian Endeavor 
Society. Sister Eldah Tracy is sponsor 
i this organization. She is a very 
apable leader of the young people, and 
:ach Sunday evening they meet in the 
asement of the Church for their pro- 
;ram. After their program, they re- 
tiain for church services, which is very 
ommendable, in these times when in so 
nany churches, the young people leave 
he Church after their program to at- 
end shows and go other places. 

Our W. M. S. is very active and has 
cached all their goals in the last two 
'ears. Next Sunday (December 15) 

they are having their Public Service. 
Sister (Mrs.) U. J. Shively, our Nation- 
al President, is to be the speaker. We 
are looking forward to a good program, 
as Sister Shively always carries with 
her inspiration and enthusiasm wher- 
ever she goes. We are contemplating a 
Men's organization in the near future. 

On October 6 was our Rally Day and 
Homecoming sei-vice which was a 
great service. This also marked the be- 
ginning of our revival meeting. As 
this was the first year of our work 
with the Church, it was deemed advis- 
able that the pastor conduct his own 
revival. We consider that we were very 
fortunate to have our youngest daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Maxine Kyle, to be able to 
assist us in this meeting. She led the 
song service, and also had the children's 
work. Each evening, she led a very in- 
spiring song service, which was follow- 
ed by a beautiful story for the children 
and then songs and choruses by the 
children. The Church showed their ap- 
preciation of her worV in many ways. 
On the last evening of the meeting, the 
W. M. S. presented her with a lovely 
chenille bed spread. The interest in 
the meeting was good from the start. 
The attendance was fine. We were 
pleased to have Rev. G. L. Maus and 
wife of Twelve Mile lend their support 
to the meeting by their faithful attend- 
ance. They were an inspiration and 
help in every way. While the Word was 
preached with power, the song service 
up-lifting and attendance good there 
were no visible results until the closing 
night of the meeting, when four men 
came forward and gave their hearts 
; rid lives to the Lord. Three of them 
were good men of the community whose 
wives were Christians and the other 
was a very popular young man in the 
young people's circle. There was great 
rejoicing. On Monday evening, follow- 
ing the closing of the meeting on Sun- 
day evening, we met to hold our Com- 
munion service. At this service a 
young lady confessed Christ. On the 
following Sunday we gathered at the 
beautiful stream back of the Church 
and there these five souls, who had 
made their confession, received the rite 
of baptism by the pastor; this was a 
beautiful service. Neither is the spirit 
of the revival over, for on Sunday, Dec. 

1, another young married man came 
forward and he will receive the rite of 
baptism in the near future. Others are 
seriously considering the matter and 
we are expecting to receive them in the 
Church ere long. We feel the Lord has 
blessed us wonderfully at Corinth and 
pray that we may be earnest and faith- 
ful in our work, that we may receive 
greater blessings. 

While we are rejoicing because of our 
blessings, there is a note of sadness 
among our members, because of the 
serious illness of Sister (Mrs.) Ira Geh- 
man. Sister Gehman is the mother of 

the Gehman brothers who are so well 
known in the Brethren Church. We ask 
an interest in your prayers for the 
family, especially for Brother Frank 
Gehman who so recently bid his par- 
ents farewell and went to his duties on 
the west coast. 

Rev. and Mrs. William E. Overholser. 


Some time has elapsed since report- 
ing from this section of the brother- 
hood. Conferences have been attend- 
ed, and various church functions have 
had their share of attention. Two have 
been added to the membership of the 
church since the last report. Others 
have been anticipating affiliating with 
the church. The attendance has been 
very encouraging for the preaching 
service. The Sunday School has not yet 
reached the limit of its possibility. The 
preaching service is invariably attend- 
ed by more than the numbers present in 
the Sunday School. This report will be 
our last report as Pastor from Linwood 
as we close our work here to shepherd 
The First Brethren Church in Mason- 
town, Pennsylvania, starting January 
and preaching our first sermon in that 
field January 5. All correspondents 
please note change of address after 
January first. 

There have been numerous things ac- 
complished here at Linwood that are 
worthy of report. However, it goes 
with out doubt that all has not been 
done that is possible in this field. When 
we came here September, 1937, we 
found that there was considerable debt, 
fourteen hundred dollars on the par- 
sonage, which was by far the largest. 
Nothing had been paid on the principal 
for seven years. This has all been 
liquidated, for practically one year past. 
The Art glass windows have been com- 
pletely overhauled this summer with 
the painting of the outside of the 
church wood work. Counting some in- 
terest payments over eighteen hundred 
dollars have been raised and paid out 
in improvements since our pastorate be- 
gun. Instead of various treasuries bare 
each should have some funds in them 
when we leave. The Sunday School at- 
tendance has been built up, and the 
church attendance enlarged several 
times over what we found when com- 
ing on the field. In addition to the 
above it has been our pleasure to add 
twenty-seven members to the roll of the 
church, in a field that is over churched, 
and under attended. 

The years of our pastorate have been 
happy years in this beautiful and his- 
toric country. As the folks here only 
desire a morning service a chance was 
furnished to do considerable research 
work on the Alexander Mack Book. Al- 
so we have had a chance to help out our 
neighbors at Waynesboro, St. James 
and Hagerstown. We have enjoyed 


every courtesy in the community and 
through historical feature \\Titings for 
a local paper have had an opportunity 
to reach several thousand people week- 

It is with sincere regret that we 
leave this Conference District, and the 
host of friends in this section of Mary- 
land. Reading our resignation was not 
at all easy, and apparently accepting it 
was none too pleasant. 

We are hoping that a successor will 
be secured who will be able to lead the 
flock onward. This work cannot stand 
without a leader with out serious loss. 
This church will never be a large one 
but can be somewhat larger than it is 
at present with vision of members and 
leadership accordingly. Numerous ex- 
pressions have come to us very favor- 
able to the new field in which we shall 
soon begin our work. However, we 
realize after years of experience that 
neither state lines, nor denominational 
lines change human nature. The devil 
is not restricted to any one state or lo- 
cality, and we expect to have his op- 
position as long as in this world. And 
so to Linwood we say, Thanks for the 
many, many, happy memories afforded 
us, and a forgetting of those little un- 
pleasantries that beset us from time 
to time. 

Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 



It has. been some time since we have 
written in this column. Another great 
National Conference has come and 
gone. God has blessed the Brethren 
everywhere with showers of goodness, 
mercy and salvation. In the past two 
and one-half months we have been 
privileged to work in three revival 
meetings. Flora, Brighton and Loree 
Brethren Churches. 

The Lord has blessed our labors in 
Flora. There is a fine group of people 
here, ready and willing to work at His 
calling. They responded with interest 
and enthusiasm to a fall revival held by 
the Pastor, the record attendance dur- 
ing the meeting being 152. At the close 
of the meeting, which was well attended 
throughout, we held our fall commun- 
ion with about 100 in attendance. There 
were four first confessions for Christ 
and one reconsecration during the 

Shortly after the meeting closed 
here the writer and his wife left for the 
Brighton Brethren Church at Howe, In- 
diana, where we opened a two week's 
revival. This church was readv and 
in need of a revival since it had 
been four years since their last 
meeting. Our home for the two weeks 
was with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Horner 
who proved to be an excellent host and 
ho.stess. We were royally received and 
entertained throughout the meetings. 
The people had a mind to work and 

pray and to invite others to the serv- 
ices. The crowds were good through 
the week and the church full for both 
Sundays. We were used to lead seven 
young people to take Christ during this 
meeting, most of them first being con- 
tacted through pergonal work. Bright- 
on has a fine lot of young folks with a 
young people's class of about thirty 
taught efficiently by Myron Long. 
There is an overflow of musical talent 
in the form of several excellent solo- 
ists and a quartet. Mr. Horner very 
ably conducted the singing for us while 
he was home, Mrs. Horner is their cap- 
able pianist. This I'ongregation has re- 
cently put a beautiful stone entrance 
at the front of their church and are 
progressing in fine shape with their 
part time minister, Walter Gibson. 
May God continue to bless their earnest 

With one week rest over Thanksgiv- 
ing we again took to the road and went 
to the Loree Brethren Church where we 
assisted Brother .Whetstone in a meet- 
ing by conducting the singing. We 
will not say much concerning this 
meeting since no doubt Brother Whet- 
stone will report it through his own 
news report. However, as all who have 
worked with the Loree people know, 
they are a fine congregation. In spite 
of bad weather the crowds were won- 
derful at every service. Brother Whet- 
stone is a fine pattor and evangelistic 
preacher of God's Word, knowing his 
field thoroughly. We made our home 
with the Whetstone's during the meet- 
ing and our lives were truly enriched 
with the fine fellowship both in the 
pastor's home and those of his congre- 
gation. During the meeting we drove 
home to fill our own pulpit each Sun- 
day. The last night of the meetings 
the Flora people graciously dismissed 
our service. We were glad to see a 
delegation of some 65 people from 
Flora on that night to swell the crowd 
to overflowing. We need more such 
kindred fellowship between neighbor- 
ing churches. It is about 30 miles 
from Loree to Flora. Many souls came 
finding their Savior during this meet- 

In the past meetings we have been 
privileged to see 23 come to the altar, 
receiving Christ in their hearts... His 
is a great work and an inspiration to 
the soul. 

We now look forward. In one week 
we will give a three act Christmas 
Drama, "The Empty Room", — and then, 
the New Year. We have two months in 
which to thoroughly prepare our hearts 
and the field for a spring revival which 
is to be held by the Missionary Secre- 
tary, J. Ray Klingensmith. May you 
pray for us and God richly bless us as 
we press toward the mark for the prize 
of the high calling of God in Christ 

Yours in His Name, 

Vernon D. Grisso. 



The revival 
ren Church, ne 
Friday evening 
L. 0. McCartne 
our evangelists, 

day campaign, i i 

paign it was. We ,^e ■ 

despite the fact tha >n in- 

clement weather. A fine spirit of fel- 
lowship prevailed throughout our serv- 
ices and the time passed all too quick- 
ly. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the 
special messages in song by Brother 
and Sister McCartneysmith and the 
congregational singing which was led 
by Sister McCartneysmith. Special 
numbers were furnished from time to 
time by local talent and our young peo- 
ple's choir gave us splendid support. 

This was the first time we had the 
pleasure of having Mrs. McCartney- 
smith with us. We thoroughly enjoyed 
her talent and ability as musical direc- 

Dr. McCartneysmith is an able and 
forceful speaker. Again we say we 
admire him for his firm stand in the 
Brethren faith and for his untiring ef- 
forts to win lost souls for the kingdom. 
The church has been greatly benefited 
and encouraged by his messages. 

It has been less than a year since our 
good Brother McCarneysmith assisted 
by Brother Louis Sortor, musical direc- 
tor, conducted a revival here at High- 
land, so we were happy indeed to re- 
ceive the five who made a confession of 
faith in this meeting. These together 
with the seventeen who united with us 
'; st January makes a total of twenty- 
two additions within a year under the 
ministry of Dr. McCartneysmith. We 
praise God for these victories. 

Baptismal services were conducted 
Friday afternoon, Dec. 6, at the Mason- 
town Brethren Church, vsnth our pastor. 
Rev. G. L. Baker, baptizing five appli- 
cants. These were confirmed and re- 
ceived into church membership. 

Our meetings clo.sed the same eve- 
ning with the observance of the com- 
munion service which was conducted by 
Dr, McCartneysmith, assisted by our 
pastor, Brother Baki r. 

The (Evangelists were invited into 
various homes of the brethren where 
they were entertained at dinner, how- 
ever they made their home with my 
husband and I here at Scenery Hill, 
about seven miles from the church. We 
had not so much to offer in the way of 
entertainment but we did have a de- 
lightful time together. We only hope 
the- enjoyed being with us as much as 
we enjoyed having them. 

.A-bove all let us give God the glory 
for all that has been accomplished. 

Mrs. Mildred M. Dague, Sec. High- 
land Brethren Church. 

Vol. LXIII, No. 2 

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January 11, 1941 

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Mark 10:35-38. Read Matt. 26:36-44. 

Of all the misconceptions of prayer, 
none is more common than the idea that 
there is a way of getting God to do our 

Prayer which is made to God with 
such a desire behind it is simply self- 
will, expecting God to yield himself to 
selfishness and personal gain. How of- 
ten we pray thus, little realizing that 
we do so. It is well for us to pause to 
re-examine our prayer life with a view 
to lending our wills to the will of the 



James 2:8. Read I Cor. 13. 

How much do you love yourself? This 
seems to be a very impertinent ques- 
tion. And yet Jesus says that we are 
to "love our neighbors as we love our- 
selves." What is it in ourselves we are 
to love? 

We are to love that which God loves 
in us. And what does God love in us? 
From all that we know of the divine 
nature as revealed in Jesus Christ we 
are surely right in thinking that God 
loves in us what is most like Himself. 

No man can stand at Calvary rever- 
ently and thoughtfully for five min- 
utes without being impressed with the 
truth of a wonderful self-sacrifice. It 
is here we remember that love was the 
outstanding motive of that sacrifice. It 
is here that we feel the full force of 
the words "God so loved." It is here 
that all the essence of "giving" is made 


Luke 14:28-30. Read Luke 14:16-35. 

Each day is a test day for all the 
buildings of the town. The weather 
tests them; the sunshine and the frost 
and the rain test them. The use we 
make of them daily tests them. Strain 
and the weight of their contents tests 
them. The shock of traffic tests them. 
And sometimes there come fire and 
flood to test them. 

What is true in this physical world 
is likewise true in the realm of charac- 
ter. For every day is a testing day. 
Joy comes to test us. For many times 
joy is harder to bear than sorrow. Sor- 
row tests us. And we find that some 
characters crumble beneath too much 
.ioy and are made more firm under the 
weight of sorrow. Work tests us and 
leisure tests us. Influence of other lives 
tests us. For we must live with people. 


1 Samuel 10:12. Read I Samuel 13. 
Saul had ceased to respect himself, 
and this in all probability supplies the 
explanation of his being found in ques- 
tionable company. Bear in mind who, 
and what, these so-called prophets were, 
and you gather the force of the sur- 
prise with which it was asked, "Is Saul, 
the king, the Lord's Anointed, also in 
company with men like these?" 

Let the counsel of a gi'eat President 
hold you. He spoke thus: "I must, 
above all things, have the good opinion 
of myself." How often we need to look 
up to God and pray, "Keep thou me 
from secret faults." But it will do lit- 
tle or no good to do this unless we take 
stock of ourselves and say, "by the help 
of God I will make it possible for God 
to give me the help I ask." It is quite 
necessary to be true to yourself. 


Luke 15:9. Read Luke 15. 

In the parable of the lost sheep we 
find the consequences of helpless 
wretchedness. A lost sheep is a piti- 
able object. It is a witless creature 
It seems well-nigh devoid of self-pro- 
tecting instincts. It has no scent to 
find the path and no strength or skill to 
fight. It cannot swim in swift waters. 
It has no cunning to elude its enemies. 
It stumbles on rocky paths and is torn 
by arresting thorns. In its helpless 
misery it can only bleat and bleed. Its 
cries but add to its woes, for it in- 
creases the danger from the prowling 

The soul that wanders awav fri"i 
God finds itself in a similar plight. But 
the seeking Shepherd is alwa-s about 
searching for that which is lost. 



Eccles. 5:2. Read Phil. 4:5-9. 

Let us finish the week as we began — 
with a thought on prayer. 

Successful jirayer involves not onl ; 
the general preparation of good living 
and riglit thinking: it often costs spe- 
cial preparation. The mood may not be 
right; and an irritated or anxious tem- 
per may be in the way; the preoccupa- 
tion of business mav still be straining 
our minds so that if we pra--, only a 
small fraction of us is enga-^ed in it. 

Consider with what rash hastiness. 
what unprepared thoughts, preoccupied 
minds and unexamined lifes we ruxli in- 
to God's presence and ont ngain. 

Dr. South puts the matter squarel- 
up to us in these words, "None but the 
careless and the overconfident would 
rush rudely into the presence of a great 
man; and shall we in our supplications 
to the Great God. take that to be re- 
ligion which the common reason o<" 
mankind will not allow to be manners?" 


I Tim. 4:12. Read Eccles. 12. 

Someone has said, "Our trouble toda 
is not that young people will have thei 
pleasures and amusements; it is the 
so many of them will have nothin 
else." Another has said, "if it were nc 
for the sporting intelligence of the evf 
ning paper, not a few of our young me 
would forget how to read. It is a con 
mon experience to meet young men wh 
have been decently educated, as thing 
go, and yet they are ignorant as babie 
about the problems of life that the 
must meet." 

Paul tells Timothy to not permit anj 
one to dispise his jouth. But in th 
same breath he demands that he be a 
example to those about him in manne 
of life, in word of mouth and in purit 
of heart. Keep youth clean and real er 
joyment of life is sure to follow. 




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W. E. Ronk, President 

J. G. Dodds, Vice-President 

E. G. Mason, Treasurer 


F. C. Vanator 


Dr. C. F. Yoder 

Dr. C. A. Bame 

Rev. W. E. Ronk 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 


Dr. W. S. Bell 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Dr. George S. Baer 

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iziHi Septenil>er 3. 192S. 

Brethren Publication Interests 

By Willis E, Ronk, President 


The Brethren Publication interests have been 
)laced in the hands of a special board called The 
brethren Publication Board. At the present time 
he Board is composed of six members as follows : — 

C. G. Mason, J. G. Dodds, N. G. Kimmel, Freeman 
^nkrum, Ira C. Wilcox, and W. E. Ronk. Two of 
his number, Freeman Ankrum and W. E. Ronk were 
lominated by The Missionary Board of The Breth- 
en Church, but all were approved by General Con- 
erence (National Conference) and elected as mem- 
lers of the corporation as required by the Ir^ws of 
he State of Ohio. (It should here be noted that Fred 
1 Vanator, who was a member of the Board, pre- 
ented his resignation January 1st to meet the re- 
[uirements of the Code of Regulations, as he is now 
m employee of the Board.) 


The Prudential Committee consists of three mem- 
)ers of the Board, E. G. Mason, J. G. Dodds, and W. 

D. Ronk, president of the Board, acting as chairman. 
rhis committee is composed of those who live in or 
lear Ashland, in order that they may exercise close 
)versight of the Publishing House and execute the 
vill of the Board, which in turn endeavors to exe- 
;ute the will of the church as directed by General 
Conference (National Conference). The word of 
jeneral Conference is always supreme, as the Con- 
ference votes from 390 to 394 shares out of 400 
shares. In other words, this is the property of the 
;hurch. This system is democratic and yet makes 
efficient administration possible. 

Since September 27, 1939, the interests of the 
Publication Board have been managed directly 
;hrough the Prudential Commitee, with the writer 
n immediate charge. It is impossible for the Board 
;o FULLY express its appreciation to The Mission- 
iry Board of The Brethren Church for loaning Rev. 
Dyoll Belote to us part time during the crises, or to 
Rev. Belote for his efficient and faithful services. 
Sfour faithfulness. Brethren, has made a very real 
lontribution to the church. Thanks, Brethren! 
^gain, thanks! 


The President has had no personal interest in the 
Publishing House, other than the general welfare of 

the church and he has gladly given of EVERY MO- 
MENT of his spare time to the cause for more than 
fifteen months. The church owes her thanks to Ash- 
land College and Seminary for granting the writer 
permission to thus serve so many hours and days. 
But, I know that the College and Seminary have 
been glad to thus serve the church. After all, we are 
all a part of the church. 


The writer has personally checked every bill paid 
and signed every check since September 27, 1939. 
He has carefully watched every penny which has 
been spent, and has remembered that this is the 
Lord's money. During the first twelve months of 
our administration we were able to save several! 
hundred dollars by keeping down overhead. The 
past six months have shown a slight book loss, but 
a large number of Evangelists are now expiring. Or 
in other words, this is the time of the year for our 
greatest income from The Evangelist. Our first 
present need is EVANGELIST RENEWALS and 
THE TOP AGAIN. Come on, let's go ! 


We are happy over past achievements, but we are 
not satisfied, for we have many things to do as a 
Board. Rev. Vanator is going to relieve the writer 
of many responsibilities, in taking over the general 
oversight of the shop. Brother Vanator is going to 
be a very busy man for the next few weeks, and I 
trust that you will remember him in your prayers. 
The writer will continue his oversight of the busi- 
ness affairs of the Company, but hopes to have time 


Family Altar 

Brethren Publication Interests, Editorial— W. E. R 3 

Ask and Receive, Editorial — F. C. V 4 

Forward March, Editorial— J. G. Dodds 5 

Organization Cooperation, President E. G. Mason 6 

Enroute to Argentina, Dr. C. F. Yoder 8 

Go Forward, (Part III) Rev. Floyd Sibert 10 

Why Should We Preach? Rev. S. M. Whetstone 12 

There Comes a Time, F. C. V 13 

C. E. Topic ^^ 

News from the Field ^^ 

The Brethren Evangelist 

to give to many pressing problems. FORWARD IS 


At the last General Conference (National Confer- 
ence) the Board suggested, that we should have a 
new building for our Publication Interests and that 
this building should also provide office space for the 
other Conference Boards. The suggestion was en- 
thusiastically received by Conference, and the Board 
was instructed to proceed with the plans. 

Much time was given to the consideration of sev- 
eral possible locations by the Board, and the Pruden- 
tial Committee was authorized to purchase ground 
and to proceed with the erection of the building. Af- 
ter several months of investigation and negotiation, 
land has finally been purchased for the new building. 
The land consists of two parcels, the one 50x110 feet 
plus, the other 39 plus xllO plus, the depth of the 
lots vary as the parcels are not square. The first 
parcel has been purchased and paid for out of ac- 
cumulated funds; and we are under agreement to 
buy the second parcel at a fixed price. 

We have paid a FAIR price for this land, because 
of its location and the fact that there are no restric- 
tions against our type of building. Those, who are 
acquainted in Ashland will recognize the location 
immediately, when I say that it is just north of the 
college campus and that the "Hole In The Wall", is 
located thereon. 


That a new building is highly important, no one 
who knows the situation would deny. We are now 
located on a poor business street for our work, with 
no parking facilities, and we are paying sixty dol- 
lars a month rent. With a new building near the 
college for Tlie Publishing House and General 
Church Offices, our efforts will be less scattered, 
and our overhead gi'eatly reduced. At the present 
time Miss Harley divides her time between The Mis- 
sionary Board and The Publication Board, thus cut- 
ting expenses for both. This is merely a hint as to 
what can be done. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY 
DOLLAR FOR OVERHEAD. Most of each dollar 
given for missions should go to missions and not for 
be a strong unifying force. FORWARD THEN 


We are asking for an offering this .\ear for THE 
and not for operating expenses. We want $10,000 for 

THE NEW BUILDING and with that sum (believe 
it or not) we expect to erect a $12,000 building. To 
date we have received three gifts, two for one dol- 
lar each and one for $2,000. The doner of this last 
gift prefers to remain unknown for the present. The 
gift is of the annuity type, but with the special re- 
quest that the money be spent on the new building. 

One to two thousand dollars represents a wide 
range in giving, but each gift will be blessed of the 
Lord. Where will you place yourself? Tliere ought 
to be some other large gifts, of one thousand or five 
hundred dollars. There should be several one hun- 
dred dollar gifts which would make the doner a life 
subscriber to The Evangelist. Apart from these lar- 
ger gifts THERE OUGHT TO BE 4,000 PEOPLE 

Would it not be fine to pay for the new building 
this year and celebrate at Conference time ? We ex- 
pect to celebrate in the NEW BUILDING at Con- 
ference time anyway, so do your best. If there is a 
balance unpaid, it will be cared for from the sixty 
dollar a month rental which we are now paying. 

Let us put this project across quickly and in a 
fashion in which we can be proud. Give a large gift 
if you can, give what you can, but let every one give 
something for the building. We will watch for the 
dollars, and when they come, we will remember that 
they belong to the Lord. 

And do not forget to pray. Prayer does change 
things. During these months when we have faced 
tremendous problems, we have again and again been 
conscious of the Lord's leading. Pray for the Pub- 
lication Interests of the Church, we need your 
prayers. \ 


The Bible carries the admonition, "Ask and ye shall 
receive." We believe that the Word of God means 
exactly what it says. That is why we can come to 
the membership of the Brethren Church and ask for 
a sufficient offering to really do some definite work. 
In the Evangelist of the date of January 4th, the 
first announcement of the appeal of the Publication. 
Board for an offering of $4,000.00 was made. Now 
we realize that $4,000.00 is quite a sizable amount of 
mone\', but anything that is worth while requires a 
support tiiat is adequate. 

Think with us for just a few moments. 

A very definite urge has come to the Brethren 
Church to do things. At our last National Confer- 
ence the Bretliren Publishing Company was urged to 
do sometli'ng as soon as possible concerning a build- 
ing which would house, not only the publishing plant, 
but likewise become the headquarters of others of 
the more important interests of the church. Else 


anuary 11, 194l! 

here in this issue will be found material which will 
it forth in part, at least, some of these forward- 
oking plans. 

What has been done so far has had much prayer 
id thoughtfulness on the part of the members of 
le Publication Board, and particularly in the meet- 
gs of the Prudential Committee. What will be ac- 
implished will largely depend upon the support of 
le church-at-large. 

The Board has not gone into this matter blindly, 
it with a thought concerning the entire outlook of 
le entire church work. Therefore it feels no hesit- 
icy in "asking" for this offering. And it is asking, 
illy believing that the asking will be followed by 
le desired "receiving." 

Careful thinking will make each of us realize that 
le only medium by which the church can be kept in 
)nstant touch with its various activities is through 
le columns of the church paper. Other publications 
itside our own have no particular interest in our 
^nomination. Therefore they do not concern them- 
ilves with our individual problems ; nor do they allot 
ly space to our activities. It is only our own church 
ablication that has any particular interest in our 
ork and progi-ess. Consequently we feel that in 
sking for this offering of $4,000.00 we are doing 
a more than asking you to support that phase of 
Dur own work that will keep you in constant touch 
ith the progress of the work of the Brethren 

As I type these lines the closing hours of the year 
940 are fast fading away. Surely the year 1940 
irried with it a weight of great responsibility. But 
le opening of a new year comes with the pages 
irned and a new and clear page meets our view, 
/hat will we write upon it ? Will it be a story of a 
tewardship well managed; a page written full of 
ccomplishments ; a page that really tells of step af- 
sr step being taken and advancement made? We 
elieve it will. And because we have faith in the 
lembership of the Brethren Church we are "asking" 
nd we are fully confident that we will "receive." 

Will it not be possible for us to find 4,000 inter- 
sted Brethren who will contribute these necessary 


F. C. V. 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 

The world needs the vital force of the Christian 
rogram now, for Christianity is the most vital 
ling of value to any people. The chief business of 
le church is to reveal a Divine Person and publish 
[is program to all mankind: The duty of keeping 

the public conscience alive belongs to the church. 
Therefore, the needs seen on every hand become a 
definite challenge to any church denomination. 

All subsidiary organizations within the denomina- 
tion ought to so plan and function in order that the 
work in their respective fields will be unified and 
correlated to accomplish the purpose and program 
of the denomination. As I view the situation in The 
Brethren Church, two of the most important of these 
co-operating organizations are: our College and 
Seminary, and The Publication Board of The Breth- 
ren Church. 

Just now, as a member of the Publication Board, I 
have in mind our publication interests. At present 
we are publishing The Brethren Evangelist (the 
chief organ of our denomination, and Brethren Sun- 
day School Quarterlies. In the near future Brethren 
Tracts will be coming from our printing presses. 
During the past year two books published by Breth- 
ren men were printed by our Publishing House: we 
hope others will be forthcoming. Tlius we are look- 
ing forward to the early development of a distinctive 
Brethren literature. "Forward March." 

A babe seeks, and is taught, to develop co-ordina- 
tion and harmony in operating its various body mem- 
bers. It is a function of our church literature, not 
to emphasize differences and contrary manipulations 
in the church body, but to seek the development of 
harmonious, unifying, and peaceful activity in all 
parts of the church organism. In the vision of our 
recent National Conference definite goals and high 
ideals of attainment were set before us. The Publi- 
cation Company, with the prayerful and sympathetic 
co-operation of the church membership, desires to 
perform its part in achieving these aims. 

The Brethren Publishing Company is now in com- 
plete accord with the Faith and Practices of The 
Brethren Church. We join our voice with that of 
the other church organizations in the united cry, 

SOME AIMS: Brethren Quarterlies, the best for 
Brethren churches, in every Brethren Sunday 
School ; The Brethren Evangelist read by every mem- 
ber and friend of The Brethren Church ; wide distri- 
bution of Brethren Tracts that are readable and chal- 
lenging ; dissemination of a complete literature that 
is vitalizing and motivating in unifying our forces 
unto the fulfilment of the purpose for which Christ 
founded His Church. Also, we anticipate a date in 
the near future when we shall be located in a build- 
ing that belongs to The Brethren Church. Our 
prayer is that on Publication Day every member and 
friend of The Brethren Church will say, "FOR- 

Smithville, Ohio 

Tlie Brethren Evangrelist 

Organization Cooperation 

By Dr* E. G. Mason, President Ashland 
College, Ashland, Ohio 

Cooperation is the key to success when numbers 
of individuals are concerned. An individual has lit- 
tle or no difficulty with others when he works alone 
or with a comparatively small number of persons. 
It reminds one of the Irishman's problem. He was 
setting fence posts and desired to have them in a 
straight line. He remarked that he had no difficulty 
in getting two in a straight line but the third caused 
him trouble. Just so it is when groups of people try 
to work together. The larger the group, the more 
difficulties are found. 

Business organizations cannot afford to allow a 
lack of cooperation to exist. Cooperation in busi- 
ness is demanded. Differences of opinions may exist 
around the council table but they are ironed out 
there and cooperation through understanding and 
agi'eement results. The penalty that business or- 
ganizations pay for lack of cooperation is obstruc- 
tion or delay of production, time lost in bickering and 
reduced profits. To a business these defects spell 

In a large sense a church is a business. It is the 
business of promoting the Lord's work here on earth. 
This business is effective when the work of the 
church goes smoothly, when all individuals and or- 
ganizations connected with it cooperate perfectly. 
Just as in a business, if differences of opinion occur, 
they should be ironed out around a council table. 
When iixjned out cooperation is expected and when 
obtained, success is assured. 

One of the finest examples of cooperation is found 
in the human body. Dominated by one will, each 
member cooperates in the carrying out of that will. 
For instance an individual decides to perform a piece 
of work like eating a meal. Tlie will or mind dicta- 
tes to members of the body that control movement 
and cooperation results in moving to the table. The 
same procedure follows in the selection of food and 
in conveying it to the mouth, and in its chewing and 
swallowing. In other words the parts of the body 
have cooperated in carrying out the individual's will 
or purpose. Sometimes this cooperation or coordin- 
ation is not so good. A pianist sometimes finds dif- 
ficulty in playing a selection as he desires to play 
it because of the lack of proper coordination possi- 
bly due to lack of practice, or to fatigue. In other 
words, cooperation is a matter of will and the proper 
coordination of the various muscles of the body is 
largely a matter of practicing cooperation until the 
desired results are obtained. 

The analogy of the work of the church to a busi- 
ness organization and to the human body is obvious. 

The church has a purpose or will. It is expressed 
in the terms of its charter. The charter attempts to 
express clearly the purposes that its founders set up 
so that those who follow may understand and carry 
out these purposes. The pui-pose of any church is 
to provide the means and facilities for the teaching, 
preaching and promotion of the Christian faith 
among men. For these purposes it sets up its organ- 
ization and through its organization attempts to 
spread its influence among men. The better the or- 
ganization and the more efficiently it functions the 
greater is its spread of influence. 

But simple organization is not sufficient to carry 
out its purposes. All parts of its organization must 
cooperate toward the accomplishment of those pur- 
poses. In order to have a working basis, the central 
organization must have gi'oups of people or congre- 
gations working together in a local church, but each 
congregation must cooperate with the central organ- 
ization generally called the Church. In order to ex- 
tend the influence of the organization new churches 
or congregations must be organized. This requires 
trained workers under the central organization and 
supported by the various member congregations. The 
same procedure is required in foreign missionary ac- 
tivities. In order to prepare trained workers for the 
home and foreign fields, ministers for the local con- 
gregations and trained laymen and lay women as 
workers, some kind of an educational institution is 
necessary. In order to propagate literature and dis- 
pense news to bind the organization together more 
closely, a publishing center is necessary. In order 
to promote and encourage the organization of Sun- 
day Schools, Christian Endeavor Societies, laymen 
and laywomen's movements, and organizations foi 
the care of the aged, poor, orphans, returned mis- 
sionaries and retired ministers, and the missionarj 
interests of the church separate organizations foi 
the promotion of each must be provided within th( 
Central organization and must be controlled by ii 
and supported by the general church body. Thir 
rather complex organization requires the close at 
tention of church leaders. Each organization mus 
be supported by the church as a whole. Each par 
of a church organization is as essential to the worl 
of the church as each part of the human body is es 
sential to its efficient workings. 

Here is where cooperation is very necessary if th 
purposes of the church are to be carried out effect 
ively. Perfect cooperation is an ideal which prob 
ably can never be attained under a democratic sys 
tem. In a democratic system each individual has th 
right to hold, to express and to carry out, his ow 
ideas. This right often produces conflicts in thinl- 
ing and action but the task of the church is to prt 
sent its claims and purposes so convincingly and s 
clearly that most of the opposition to its program i 

anuary 11, 1941 


ivercome. This requires more cooperation and ef- 
ort. Cooperation cannot be obtained without great 
ffort. Most individuals are procrastinators. Pro- 
rastination is a high sounding term, but it means 
lutting off doing the thing that should be done. Us- 
lally procrastination is laziness or fear. It is lazi- 
less when one doesn't want to do the job and it is 
ear when one is afraid to do it. Neither laziness 
lor fear ever carried an individual very far and it 
s^ill never carry a church very far. 

To be more specific, and in making the application 
lirectly to our church, the Brethren Church, a cen- 
ral organization or a National or General Confer- 
nce, is necessary. We have it and we place its ad- 
ainistration in the hands of our church leaders. 
?hey have fulfilled and are now fulfilling the func- 
ions of that organization. The National Conference 
las set up the machinery necessary for the promo- 
ion of all the interests of the church. It is true 
hat some subsidiary organizations have been set up 
tutside of National Conference, but even so, they 
ecognize fully the importance and place of the Nat- 
onal Conference within the Church. For obvious 
,nd special reasons these organizations must keep 
heir funds intact under a separate organization re- 
[uired either by law or by practice, but it must not 
le overlooked that these organizations recognize and 
iccept the control of National Conference except in 
uch cases in which National Conference may act 
ontrary to their legal characters. 

The conference organization of the Benevolence 
?oard, the National Sunday School Association, The 
!]!hristian Endeavor Board, The Missionary Board, 
rhe Publishing Board, The Women's Missionary So- 
;iety, and The Men's Brotherhood, was accomplish- 
!d for definite cooperative purposes. The Foreign 
Missionary Society and the Board of Trustees of 
Ashland College were organized outside of National 
Conference because endowment funds or trust funds 
ire involved. With these organizations, the Nation- 
il Conference has set up the machinery for the ef- 
fective operation of the purposes for which our be- 
oved church was founded. 

The National Conference and these organizations, 
ill of them, constitute the Brethren Church of which 
5very member is an integral part. The individual 
Tiembers work in and through the local congregation 
)f which he or she is a part. The church is a united 
3ody directly dependent upon the individual members 
>f each congregation. For the church to achieve its 
purposes, each individual member must assume his 
share of the responsibility of the whole church when 
the sum total of the support of each individual mem- 
ber is collected and it is sub-divided to the individual 
organizations according to the need, the results show 

the condition of the church as a whole and the pro- 
gress it is making. 

Support may be given in two very substantial 
ways. First in loyalty and friendliness. If things 
do not seem to be satisfactory to the individual, true 
loyalty requires a careful and systematic effort to 
find out about it and if any remedies should be ap- 
plied then constructive suggestions should be made 
to make corrections. The second means of support 
is financial. Good will alone will not pay the ex- 
penses that each cooperating board must meet in 
can-ying out its work. It is entirely possible that 
each individual church member can so regulate his 
giving that he can not only meet his share of the 
current expenses of his local congregation but that he 
can also support financially insofar as he is able, the 
cooperating boards in proportion to their needs. 
Even such a small gift as $5.00 per year given pro- 
portionately to each of the cooperating boards in ad- 
dition to his support of the local church would ac- 
complish wonders for the Brethren Church. 

All that has been written above is concerned with 
cooperation and coordination. This is the answer to 
our future success as a church. The way is open and 
the harvest is ripe, now let us go into the work with 
the will to make it succeed. The Brethren Church 
now faces a bright future, let us make the outcome 
as bright as we can possibly make it. The church is a 
business, it is God's business as well as yours and 
mine. Let us give it the same attention and care 
as we give to our private businesses. God's busi- 
ness must continue to mould men's lives and their 
thinking. We must apply good business methods in 
promoting it. This is our challenge as Brethren. 

— Ashland, Ohio 

A missionary was trying to convince an Indian 
that he ought to forgive his enemies. The Indian 
listened, and then, after a period of thoughtful si- 
lence, replied: "This Indian no do it." God make new 
Indian; he do it." It requires will power to make a 
decision ; more to live up to it. 


Some men must get tired of their own 
meanness and contamination of soul without 
knowing how to abandon the role they have 
chosen for themselves. As a small boy feels 
himself obligated to maintain his reputation 
of toughness so do they feel obligated to re- 
tain the part in which they are cast. But 
they prefer playing the part to abandoning 
the role. Or so it seems to me. 

The Mentor. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The Contributing Editors' Page 

Enroute To Argentina 

By Dr. C. F. Yoder 

Some travelers, by the aid of guide books, infor- 
mation from consular agents, or help from friends, 
write entire books about a single journey. A journey 
from New York to Buenos Aires furnishes enough 
material, both for infomiation and for illustration, 
but in a single article one cannot do more than simply 
mention the beautiful and interesting things to be 
seen on the way. Having made five round trips be- 
fore this, I am familiar with the ocean and with the 
ports, but there is always something new. 

However, this time it was something old that was 
most interesting, and that was the sight of English 
ships in every port, loading up materials to be car- 
ried to the mother country. They fly no flag and sail 
without lights, and some of them may not reach 
their destination, yet they bear grim witness of a 
great power that is able to withstand the most for- 
midable and brutal attack in history, and one can- 
not but feel that when this baptism of fire is over, 
the nations that stand firmly for liberty and faith 
will find that in the providence of God, who is over 
all, the fittest to survive will not be those who 
seek to rule by force but those who seek to serve 
their fellow beings. 

At Rio de Janeiro our huge ship stopped a day and 
a half to load and unload train loads of merchandise, 
and I took advantage of the opportunity to go with 
a group of passengers to visit Sao Paulo, which is 
the second city of importance in Brazil. We went by 
train although there are good busses, because the 
road over the mountains is too dangerous to be com- 
fortable behind a driver who may be a drinking man. 
The ascent is very steep and the scenery very beau- 
tiful. On the coastal plain below we passed through 
many miles of banana plantations, and on the pla- 
teau, some 2500 feet above, there are many modern, 
gi'owing towns surrounded by rich land adapted to 
diversified farming. 

In Sao Paulo (Saint Paul) the climate is more 
healthful and the city on the whole has more of the 
aspect of North American or European cities. In 
this whole province there is a strong German ele- 
ment and during the world war there was an attempt 
to gain possession of the government, but it failed. 
This time the government is on the alert. Just re- 
cently about 75 clandestine Japanese schools were 
discovered and closed in order to prevent disloyal 

activities. Missionary work has progressed in this 
province until the national workers feel that they 
can now carry on without further help from other 
countries. The Presbyterian Church has predomin- 
ated in this field. 

The Snake Farm 

A few miles outside the city is the famous snake 
farm which attracts daily crowds of tourists. Here 
there is a large institute which, under skilled special- 
ists, prepares serums for the treatment of all kinds 
of poisonous bites. Patients are treated at the hos- 
pital and the serum is sent to other places all over 
the country. The snakes live in a multitude of neat 
little houses the size and shape of Dutch ovens and 
are fed on frogs and lizards. They are of all kinds 
and sizes. 

To prepare the serum a pronged stick is thrust 
over the venemous snake just back of the head. It 
is then grasped with a firm hand around the neck 
and made to bite the edge of a saucer, thus ejecting 
its venom into the saucer. This venom is then in- 
jected in small doses into the veins of horses. The 
blood of the horse then reacts by secreting a sub- 
stance to counteract the venom, and after repeated 
injections this blood serum is strong enough to be 
used for injections in people. This is the leading 
institution of its kind in the world and is doing a 
great work for the saving of people who live in coun- 
tries infested by venemous reptiles. 

Paths of the Air 

It takes the fastest ships ten days to come from 
New York to Rio de Janeiro, partly because they 
must go a thousand miles out of the way to round 
the eastern point of Brazil, but the modern air-planes 
can make the trip in three days or less and will shor- 
ten the time still more as preparations for night fly- 
ing are completed. These paths of the air are con- 
stantly being extended to carry the blessings of civi- 
lization to. new districts and towns throughout South 
America as well as North America. Alas that these 
beautiful silver birds of peace should prepare the 
way for the black birds of prey! But such will be 
the case until the Gospel of peace shall be fully 
preached and Satan with his angels shall be cast out 
and the paths of the air shall be reserved for the • 
Prince of Peace. 

Paths of the Sea 

Some years ago a Bible student was attracted by 
the phrase "the paths of the sea." "Well", he said, 

January 11, 1941 

"if the sea has paths I am going to find them if I 

So he began to study the sea and found out the 
great ocean rivers, like the Gulf stream, and charted 
their courses from start to finish. He mapped the 
regions of prevailing winds and their directions and 
the movements of the tides. He found that naviga- 
tion should follow these natural paths, and today the 
traffic on the great oceans does follow these paths of 
the sea which the Lord has made to be followed. 
Mariners may discredit it and disregard them if they 
wish, but they do so to their own loss. 

So are the moral paths on the sea of life. God has 
charted them for us in His Word and has counselled 
us to follow them for our good. But if we begin to 
make excuse and choose our own paths, he lets us 
have our way, — and the consequences as well. 

Paths Under the Sea 

One of the most astounding discoveries of scienti- 
fic research has been that of a system of under- 
gi-ound rivers that connect the different sand de- 
posits of prehistoric oceans. Some of these are far 
down beneath the ground and some are near the sur- 
face, but they seem to be connected and these under- 
ground rivers can be traced by means of electrical 
instruments. Our well at Almafuerte, Argentina, at 
90 ft. in depth perforates four feet of rock and then 
strikes a running river of pure, cold and soft water. 
We are told that a great river from Africa comes be- 
neath the Atlantic ocean and supplies these sand and 
gravel deposits of South America with water, which 
in turn supply the wells of a large part of the con- 

How marvellously God has provided for the needs 
of his children! And how careful we should be to 
use His blessings without abusing them. But again, 
if men will turn from water, which God provided for 
them to drink, and will use instead the poison alco- 
hol, they may have their way, but it is the way to 
the drunkard's cemetery. 

There is no greater work than to teach to young 
and old the paths of life, and there is no greater joy 
than to see the resulting converts also happy in. the 
work of the Lord. I hope to mail this on landing in 
Buenos Aires. 

C. F. Yoder. 

230 Centenario, Cordoba, Argentina. 

"Every man has two educations — that which is 
given to him, and the other, that which he gives to 
himself. Of the two kinds, the latter is by far the 
more valuable. 'Indeed all that is most worthy in a 
man, he must work out and conquer for himself. It 
is that that constitutes our real and best nourish- 
ment." — Richter. 

Word From Our Workers 

WORD FROM OUR WORKERS is all out of place this 
week. But we consider the material found on pages 3, 4 and 
5 of so much importance that we have set this column back in 
the issue, feeling that the reader will want to read everything 
that is found within its pages without particularly having 
his attention called to it. 

WE NOTE from a recent bulletin of the Loree, Indiana, 
Brethren Church that a pageant, "The Shepherd King" was 
presented on December 22nd, in connection with their White 
Gift service. 

WE FEEL THAT THERE is going to be a very ready re- 
sponse to the appeal to the Brotherhood for the offering for 
The Brethren Publishing' Company. Therefore when the of- 
fering envelopes arrive see that they are properly distributed 
and that each one has the opportunity to give to this worthy 

WE NOTE WITH INTEREST the Christmas Sunday bul- 
letin from the Third Church of Johnstown, of which Brother 
W. S. Crick is the pastor. The statistics found within it 
bear witness that the General Conference made no mistake in 
making him the statistician of The Brethren Church. 

BROTHER W. C. BENSHOFF, pastor of our church in 
Waterloo, Iowa, has inserted the following timely admonition 
in his January 2nd church paper, Brethren Briefs, which 
comes monthly to this office. It is entitled, Bookkeeping and 
reads as follows: 

At the end of the year the Business Man has his 
books balanced to ascertain the gain or loss that has 
been made. As Christians, do we dare "Balance our 
Books?" Compare 1940 with 19.39... Did you read 
your Bible more? Did you pray more often? Were 
you any more regular in your church attendance? 
Some of us surely would use a lot of red ink answer- 
ing these questions. But- ■ .now is the time to make 
those New Year Resolutions. If you use the follow- 
ing as your guide you will use less red ink next year. 
"Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for strength. I 
promise Him that I will make it the rule of my life 
to pray and read the Bible every day, and support 
my own church in every way, especially by attending 
all her regoilar Sunday and mid-week services, un- 
less prevented by some reason which I can conscient- 
iously give to my Saviour." 
FROM THE OAKVILLE, INDIANA, calendar we note 
that Brother L. V. King is having the various auxiliaries of 
the church take charge of the first half hour of each evening 
service during the month of January. This is a very fine 
way to get each cooperating body to have a definite part in 
the worship services. 

ING to Dr. L. E. Lindower, Treasurer of the National Sun- 
day School Association? Dr. Lindower reports that the of- 
ferings are beginning to come in and they bid fair to bring 
the desired results. 

AS WE GO TO PRESS word comes from Dr. Martn Shive- 
ly that Sister Shively who has been seriously ill is improving. 
We trust that the entire church will hold her up to the Throne 
of God in petition for her rapid recovery. 

ANOTHER MEN'S BANQUET is reported in this issue. 
This time it was held at Smithville, Ohio. We note that Prof. 
M. A. Stuckey was the speaker of the evening. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Go Forward 

(Part III. Moderator's Address at the Penna. Dist- 

trict Conference, Masontown, Penna., 1940, delivered 

by Rev. Floyd Sibert, Moderator.) 

He would liave us go forward by pouring our mon- 
ey into channels of usefulness. Now it is quite evi- 
dent that money cannot be poured before it is re- 
leased. A true saint of God will, without argument 
or iiesistancy, release God's tenth. A tenth of our 
income then should be poured immediately into the 
channels of Christian service that God has opened 
for us, channels that have been cleansed and pre- 
pared for real and immediate progress at home and 
abroad. What a forward move for us and what a 
victory for God it would be if all the people of our 
district would, during this year, give the tithe to the 
Lord ! That He has been robbed of tithes and offer- 
ings is all too evident in our district. One year of 
honest tithing would put a man in the field hunting 
for new mission points, and churches would cease to 
argue over money-making schemes. God's method 
would fill the treasury to overflowing. 

God would most certainly have us go forward in 
an earnest, soul-saving campaign. Tlie best way to 
grow is to be interested in the souls about us. The 
man we work with daily may not be saved. If we 
are saved, we have been saved to witness to the sav- 
ing power of Christ. If every member of The Breth- 
ren Church in our district would make an honest ef- 
fort to lead some soul to Christ every week, the 
whole state would marvel at the results. The need 
for an army of laymen who are interested in soul- 
saving was never greater than it is today. The world 
is today a boundless harvest field, full of waving 
grain, white unto harvest. Grain must be harvested 
when ripened, or it is destroyed by the storm. None 
but the unsaved and unregenerate would dare say 
that the harvest is not ripened. The day is at hand. 
The workers are proportionately less than when 
Christ first came. The storm clouds even now over- 
shadow the harvest field. To the church He has as- 
signed the task of iiarvesting. It is the supreme 
business of His church. He has stated it in The 
Great Commission. He is waiting for His church to 
complete her task. Any delay in His coming may be 
laid at the door of the church. To fail in the hour 
of harvest will most certainly brand a church as 
luke-warm. God's Word says that the Lord Jesus 
has pui-posed to take out a people for His name. Acts 

In this alone do we find room for optimism in this 
present, sinful generation that threatens itself with 
annihilation. Hopeless, indeed, would be our task if 
we Iiad to Christianize the seething nations of the 

earth, or even our own little community. The 
mounting cost of increasing warfare alone would 
cause us to faint if this was our task. Tlie cost per 
man engaged in Caesar's war was seventy cents; of 
Napoleon's, three thousand dollars; of the Civil war, 
five thousand dollars ; of the World war, twenty-one 
thousand ,and of the present war to date, fifty thous- 
and dollars. Add to this the fact that there are more 
heathen in the world today than when Christ first 
came. There are more heathen :'n the world than 
there were one hundred years ago. If Christianizing 
the nations is our task, then we have failed miser- 
ably, we have gone backward. But, thank God this is 
not our task. That task belongs to the Son of God 
and He is well able to do it. It is our task to help 
Him "take out from among them a people for His 
name." And, "after this," He says, "I will return". 
What a glorious day of anticipation. 

But it can never be realized until His bride is com- 
pleted. This is not a day for retrenchment, but a day 
of harvest. The Lord of harvests must weep as He 
looks at less than one percent of the incomes of the 
people of the United States that is laid by in store 
to provide workers for the harvest. Or again when 
He looks at His empty treasuries and then at the bil- 
lions spent annually on the lusts of the flesh. In 
America in 1929, $1,847,000,000 was spent for to- 
bacco; $934,000,000 for theatres; $820,000,000 for 
soft drinks; $689,000,000 for candy; $453,000,000, 
for jewelry; $431,000,000, for toys and sporting 
goods; $261,000,000 for perfumes and cosemetics; 
$87,000,000 for chewing gum. A total of $5,522, 
000,000, or about fifteen times the amount spent for 
church buildings and current expenses. Rodger 
Babson says that if tithing were in operation, the 
yearly income of the church would be about four bil- 
lion dollars. Will the church awake to her challeng- 
ing opportunity and go forward in these last days 
of harvest? The harvest season is short. The eve- 
ning shadows are falling and black clouds are rolling 
in upon us threatening to cut off the twilight. It is 
time for hasty action and multiplied effort before 
the storm of wrath falls on sin in all its fury. To 
sweat, give, sacrifice, suffer, and even bleed now 
for our Captain is to move forward with Him into 
His glory. I know of no stronger challenge to pre- 
sent than this. To give your self and your substance 
diligently to the work of saving souls for His king- 
dom. The world is crying for your blood. It offers 
the passing acclaim and esteem of men, and then if 
life still survives, misery, suffering, disappointment, 
poverty, and a hopeless grave. Christ, the captain 
of our salvation says, "If you suffer with me ye 
siiall also reign with me" not for a day but for eter- 
nity. His is an eternal, victorious cause. The world's 
is a passing, doubtful cause. Do we today hav( 
those who will dare to lift the blood red banner of Je- 

January 11, 1941 


sus and march with Plim unto a victory of everlast- 
ing peace ? 

The great need of the hour is men ; men of cour- 
age, fidelity, prayer; men for whom no night is too 
dark, no road too long, no opposition too great. Men 
willing to follow the Lord whose face is steadfastly 
set toward a throne of victory and eternal peace. 

Recommendations : We view with increasing alarm 
the crumbling of the Christian American home and 
recommend a strengthening of the foundations of the 
home by daily prayer and Bible study and the dedi- 
cation of every new Brethren home to the Lord at 
the altar of marriage. 

A hundred percent attendance, unless positively 
excused by the Lord, of all the officers of all the de- 
partments of the church, at all the regular services 
of the church, with special emphasis on the service of 
prayer and Bible study. 

That every member of every church be a living 
testimony and witness bearer of "Salvation through 
Christ" and that each strives earnestly to bring at 
least one soul to Christ during the year. 

A ten percent increase in attendance for the year 
in the church, the Sunday School, prayer and Bible 
study services, and Summer Young People's Camp. 

That the da:ly walk of Brethren members be al- 
ways and only in such places as Jesus would gladly 
go. "Walk in the light as He is in the light." 

That our district have as one of its goals the plac- 
ing of a full-time minister in one such promising 
church as Uniontown Second during the year. 

That very definite aid be given to the groups of 
Brethren who have been ruthlessly driven from 
churches which they have built. 

An increase in the financial support of all the regu- 
lar institutions of The Brethren Church. 

That the Resolutions Committee reaffirm the 
Brethren position on war, and if possible, bring some 
definite information as to the steps necessary for 
registering for the draft as a conscientious objector. 

We realize that these recommendations call for 
advance in a time of distress and mounting diffi- 
culties. But since the message of Jesus in the time 
of distress is, "Don't count the difficulties, count the 
resources," we are convinced that we dare do noth- 
ing less than go forward. Grover Emmons puts it 
about right when he says, "Think of the story of the 
feeding of the multitude, not a miracle of feeding 
with a few loaves, but the idea of the resources at 
hand overcoming the difficulties in the situation. In 
other words, measure the powers, not the problems. 
When the discouraged disciples counted the crowd 
and complained that a few loaves would not feed the 
crowd, Jesus said, 'How many loaves have ye?' He 
seemed to say, 'Don't look up at the hillside, look in- 

to the basket ; don't bother to count the crowd, count 
the loaves.' He did not in any way minimize the 
task, but He suggested that if they could not feed 
all they could at least satisfy the hunger of a few. 
They made a beginning, and in using what they had, 
under His guidance, they were able to complete the 

"It is a universal law of life that resources and 
powers are given to those who use the resources and 
powers that they have." 

Moses, with no weapons, no chariots, no annies 
with which to match the hosts of Egypt, felt justi- 
fied in refusing to attempt the liberation of his peo- 
ple. To Moses it was a hopeless task. But God said 
unto Moses, "Go Foi'ward." Moses said, "I can't. I 
have nothing with which to go forward." God said, 
"What is that in thine hand?" Moses said, "A rod", 
and so it was until God blessed it when it became a 
weapon mightier than the multitudes of godless 
Egypt. It became the symbol of pix)gi'ess, the sign 
of victory. It was the rod of the Lord. 

And I say unto you, my Brethren, let us go for- 
ward with the rod of the Lord. 


Missionary Essay Contest 

sponsored by 


Contest Rules: 

1. Entries must not be more than .500 words. 

2. Write plainly or typewrite on one side of paper. 
If typing, double space. 

3. Any Brethren S. S. scholar, teacher or officer 
may participate. 

4. All entries become the property of the Director 
of Mission Education, National S. S. Association. No 
manuscripts can be returned. Permission to publish 
is granted by entering contest. 

5. Decision of the judges will be final. In case of 
a tie duplicate prizes will be awarded. 

6. Contestant shall place his or her name and com- 
plete address at end of entry. 

7. Mail all entries to: 

Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman 
Director of Mission Education 
National Sunday School Association 
Lanark, Illinois 

8. Contest closes Midnight, January 31, 1941. 


"The Brethren Evangelist 

Why Should We Preach? 

By Rev. S. M. Whetstone 

This is a subject of profound importance, the 
consideration of which is sure to dignify the high 
calhng of preaching. Perhaps it needs the proper 
consideration so that we may the better face our 
task. Naturally, when we begin to think of preach- 
ing, we are bound to think of the preacher. The 
same Book which authorizes preaching, also in- 
structs the preacher. The great preacher, Paul, has 
left a number of "preacher texts" before which every 
preacher should stand in meditation many times 
every week. Listen to a few of them: "Let no man 
despise thy youth ; but be thou an example of the be- 
lievers." "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the 
doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou 
shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee." 
"Give attendance to reading, to extortation, to doc- 
trine." In fact, the preacher must be an example: 
"In word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in pur- 
ity." He must be attentive : "To reading, to exhor- 
tation, and to teaching." The preacher is instructed 
again in Acts 20:28, "Take heed unto yourselves, and 
to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath 
made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which 
He had purchased with His own blood.' What a re- 
sponsibility ! He who preaches must be at his best, 
mentally, spiritually and physically. He is to "feed 
the church" as one appointed by the Holy Spirit. 
This "church of God" is "bought with the blood of 
Jesus Christ." Every member is precious to Him, 
and any wrong treatment, or neglect to them great- 
ly grieves Him. Preaching is a blood obligation, 
wortiiy of giving our very best. 

Now let us get into our subject proper. "Why 
Should We Preach?" First of all, let us raise an- 
other question; "WHAT Should We Preach?" Here 
again, we are plainly told in God's Word, "Preach 
the Word." Jonah was told to go into the most wick- 
ed city of his day and "preach the preaching that I 
bid thee," and when he did it that wicked old city 
repented. Before He went away, our Lord gave a 
commission to His disciples: "Go ye therefore, and 
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatso- 
ever I have commanded you." How were they to do 
it, or rather how did they do it then? By "preach- 
ing the word." Listen to Peter at Pentecost. Be- 
hold Philip, as he sits with the Ethiopian ; Paul wher- 
ever and whenever he speaks, as well as many others 
make it clear as to the content of their preaching. 
All they had was a message. This is all the Church 
has ever had. Silence that and the Christian Church 
goes out of business. That message is dynamic. It 

is dynamic because it has a Life behind it — the fair- 
est and finest, the most beautiful and benevolent life 
this world has ever known. Behind the message of 
the church is the Gospel. No, not merely something 
that Jesus said, or taught, or did, or had, but Christ 
Himself. That message is an Incarnation. Its au- 
thority is sealed with His Resurrection. It is a mes- 
sage with history's greatest moments behind it. 
God's gift to the world is in it. Calvary is in this 
message. Pentecost is there. The empty tomb is 
included. The great invitation, "Whosoever Will" is 
extended. His personal return is there. No wonder 
Paul said: "I know Whom I have believed." You 
can't stop the mouth of such a man and this mes- 

Such is the message that our Lord wants us to 
give to this lost world. It is a glorious message! 
Who would want a better one? All this message 
needs is proclamation. It does not need proof. It 
proves itself. Don't try to prove it, proclaim it ! All 
that it needs is to be told. It must have a preacher, 
for "how shall they hear without a preacher?" It 
is still true that "it has pleased God by the foolish- 
ness of preaching to save them that believe." All 
that our Lord asked of the disciples was to "go into 
all the world and proclaim the message." That is 
all He asks today. He seeks a voice. It was for this 
purpose that He gave to man the wonderful gift of 
speech. He was preparing for the proclamation of 
the message. It is great to be a voice for God ! 

Another question enters in right here: "HOW 
Shall We Preach?" By all means, in words that can 
be understood. Too much preaching is not under- 
stood by those who hear. Too often the message is 
covered up with words. Many a hungry soul has 
gone away without seeing Jesus. The late George R. 
Stewart used to say, "listen to yourself now and 
then, and see if you are saying anything, and if you 
are not; sit down." The great aim of the message 
should ever be, "Make it Plain." It is the simplicity 
of the message that reaches the heart. 

One last question: "WHY Should We Preach?" 
The reasons are many.. First of all, God has called 
us and commissioned us to preach. That is a "high 
calling," and also a worthy one. Second, we have the 
message for this day. Many things have changed 
during the years, but man's needs remain the 
same. His inventions and discoveries have not help- 
ed his soul needs very much. With all these "im- 
provements" he still has the need of a Saviour. He 
still must be told of the love of God, the sacrifice of 
Christ and the forgiveness of sin. He still stands in 
need of the regenerating power of the Gospel of 
Christ. He still must have the "voice of the man of 
God" saying "come unto me all ye that labor and are 
heavy laden and I will give you rest." We should 

January 11, 1941 


preach with more earnestness than ever before, and 
with a deep burden for the lost. The day is dark, 
the task is increasingly hard, but we dare not fail 
to "declare the whole counsel of God." The hard 
going only serves to bring out the best within us. 
There is nothing in life to compare with the joy of 
true preaching. What a satisfaction it gives to wit- 
ness for Christ, in proclaiming His Gospel, in teach- 
ing His Truth, in cheering the lonely, the desolate 
and the afflicted, by this message from on high! 
After all, is there anything in all the world to com- 
pare with the profound satisfaction of winning men 
and women to Christ through preaching? My Breth- 
ren, may we be firmly convinced of, and deeply im- 
pressed with the absolute necessity, and the supreme 
necessity, and the supreme importance of the great 
importance of the gi-eat joy of preaching the Gospel. 

Loree, Indiana 


ere v.omes a lime 

There come a time in the life of every man and 
woman when each must pause to take account of his 
or her own deeds. It is inventory time. 

At the beginning of each fiscal year any good bus- 
iness firm will cease activities long enough to find 
where they have gained and wherein they have lost. 
Just now members of these firms are pondering over 
the results of last year's business, and are finding 
either pleasure in the net results or sorrow in the 
failure to attain the desired goal. 

It is well that the Christian pause to take stock 
of his life. What has been the net gain for the Mas- 
ter? Does the balance sheet carry that which is 
worthy of the "Well done, thou good and faithful 
servant?" and will He be able to say with joy, "Thou 
hast been faithful in a few things ?" 

There is nothing in life that approaches the feel- 
ing of satisfaction in a task well accomplished. 
Deeds, not merely thoughts, are the foundations up- 
on which we build our future. To sit in silent medi- 
tation is, at times, a very profitable thing. But to 
merely sit and meditate will never bring results. 

Jesus said very pointedly, "My Father worketh 
even unto now and I work." That is the answer to 
the results that were obtained in His life. That is 
the answer to every problem that comes to the life 
of man. Careless application of time and thought is 
the stone upon which more than one life has been 

I have in mind a school-boy chum of mine who had 
for his motto, "When a thing is to be done I find 
that the best word to use is the word NOW." As I 
look back over the years and see the heights to which 
this friend has mounted, I can readily see that he 

was building on the only foundation that can be ex- 
pressed in terms of hours and minutes. The Word 
of God is very definite in saying, "NOW is the ac- 
cepted time; NOW is the day of salvation." 

If one becomes careless with his time he surely 
will become exceeding careless with the time of 
others. Time was given us to use. And we are held 
accountable for the use we make of it. It is Paul 
who says, "See that ye walk circumspectly, not as 
fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the 
days are evil." I like the words of another version 
which says "Buy up the opportunity." Jesus in His 
parable of the talents, says, "Trade with these." We 
are put here to become useful vessels in the hands of 
the Lord. No matter what the possibilities within 
us, these cannot be brought to fullness unless we are 
willing to work. 

The Lord never requires of us that which we do 
not inherently possess. He never asks us to do what 
we are not able. He never puts a task in our hands 
which He does not deem us worthy to perform. BUT 
when he commands we are expected to obey. He 
said, and that most graciously, "I call you no longer 
servants, but friends. And ye are my friends if ye 
do whatsoever I command you." 

Have you taken stock of yourself today ? We have 
entered into a new year. What it will bring to us 
only time will tell. But whether it be of good or ill 
let us be found among the faithful followers of Him 
who gave Himself so lovingly for us. 

A great hymn writer once wrote, "Keep thou my 
feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step 
enough for me." 

We cannot see the future; but we can trust. We 
can take stock of our ways and constantly live in His 
presence, remembering that the New Year lies be- 
fore us.— F. C. V. 



Will be the first to 

Publication Offering 
January 26th. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

have refused to live up to the ideals advocated by 
the Church. It is manifestly unfair, then, to blame 
the church, and to hold it responsible for the conse- 
quences. But the fact that some men have even so 
expressed themselves regarding the responsibilities 
of the Church, should cause us to take seriously our 
opportunity to influence the world in the right way. 
Many persons will doubtless ask, "What can I do 
toward solving the problems of the world?" or, 
"How can I make my influence felt in any great 
way? I am only one individual, and my ability is 
limited. Surely my responsibility is small." The 
answer, of course, is that while we as individuals 
may be weak, our combined efforts may have great 

strength. Each of us can help to make our own lo- 
cal church strong. Our local churches working to- 
gether can make a strong denomination. And our 
denomination working in conjunction with other 
denominations can make the Christian religion felt 
as a great power in the world. Do not minimize the 
necessity of giving heed to God's Word. He has not 
commanded any of us to be great, but he does com- 
mand us to be faithful. Brethren, let us take the 
task of the Church seriously. Let us try earnestly 
to fit ourselves into the Lord's program for his peo- 
ple. "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 

Warsaw, Indiana 

Our Children's Department 






Dear Children: 

This morning we are going to talk 
about having our names written in im- 
portant places. The walls of the Tower 
of London are so filled with names that 
it seems nearly impossible to write an- 
other name. They wanted to be re- 
membered. I think we all do. 

I want to tell you a true story about 
a little girl who had her picture en- 
graven upon copper. She did not plan 
to do this, and yet her face was in more 
homes in this land than any other. 
lEven the homes of the poorest were 
glad to get it. The rich also rejoiced to 
look in her sweet face. 

If you do not have an Indian head 
penny, a real old penny, perhaps your 
Daddy or Mother would get you one 
from the bank to look at. At first you 
will see the picture of an Indian chief, 
but if you will look closely you will see 
the sweet face of an American girl. 
Her name was Sara Longacre Keen. 
She lived in Philadelphia. One day when 
she was five or six years old, a delega- 
tion of Indians from the Northwest 
visited Washington. They came to see 
the sights of the great Capital and to 
hold a Pow-Wow with the great chief, 
The President. 

After they had spent some time in 
Washington, they visited Philadelphia. 
While here among other places that 
they visited was the United States mint. 
The little girl's father was connected 
with the money factory. He was a 
generous man and invited the Indian 
delegation to some sort of an entertain- 
ment at his house. 

One of the Chiefs had his attention 
attracted to the little Miss. He was so 
pleased by her figure and face and 
maidenly bearing, that in a mood of 
sportiveness, he took off his bead-dress 
and put it on her head. This did not 
frighten the little girl and so she stood 
still for a moment and let the people 

look at her, then they all laughed and 
greatly enjoyed the joke. 

Some one present had an eye for 
beauty, and also artistic skill, and he 
was so struck by the appearance that 
little Sara made in her Indian hat that 
he sketched her on the spot. The sketch 
was engraved by her father. Later on, 
when the Government wanted a new 
face on the new one-cent pieces, they 
chose the engraving, and so little Sara 
Keen's features became the best known 
face in America. 

This is the story of the Little 
Copper-face, and this was the way a 
little Philadelphia girl was remember- 

There is a better way to he remem- 
bered than stamping your face upon 
copper. We could not do this if we 
wished, but we can all be remembered 
by God, if we do his will, and try to do 
our best to serve Him. This is the way 
to engrave our names on His heart. 

There was once a Bible woman by 
the name of Phoebe. We read about 
her in Romans 16:1. She is there call- 
ed "Phoebe, our sister". She is men- 
tioned only once in the New Testament. 
A small matter, you say, to make her 
remembered forever. She did one sim- 
ple little act; yet we are all richer to- 
day because she did it. 

She carried Paul's letter to the Ro- 
man Church, which is now called by 
that name. A great French writer has 
said that Phoebe carried the founda- 
tion stones of the great temple of 
Christian doctrine. 

This was all she did. We never hear 
anything about her after that act, but 
think what it has meant for the great 
Christian church, and think what it 
means to all Bible readers today! In 
that letter, more than all others, is 
God's grace revealed to us. 

She worked for Jesus in a humble 
way, and in such a simple way that all 

children can follow her example. She 
just carried things for God. She was 
God's errand girl, so her character is 
engraved on the bronze tablet of Bible 

Paul says "I commend unto you 
Phoebe." God will commend you if you 
do as Phoebe did. Will you look at 
your penny again? This particular 
penny is a bit rare these days, but the 
banks will supply them, and some of 
the older people who have "Savings" 
from other days, ^vill gladly make an 
exchange for it. 

May each of you try to do something 
for God, that He will be pleased with 
which He will be pleased. 

With love, in Christ's name. 
Aunt Loretta, 

513 Bowman St., 

Mansfield, O. 

C. E. Topic For Young People 


Scripture Lesson: John 4:23, 24; 

I Cor. 2:9, 10; John 14:7-10 

Daily Bible Reading 

God Everywhere, Ps. 139:7-12. 

God Real to Enoch, Gen. 5:21-24. 

Reality to God in Trouble, Ps. 46:1-3. 

God Real to Job, Job 42:1-6. 

God's Help in Temptation, I Cor. 10: 

God Revealed in Christ, Heb. 1:1-3. 
For the Leader 

Every person has a god. From the 
most aristocratic society-bitten crea- 
ture in New York's mansions to the 
poorest and lowliest poverty stricken 
man in the slums a god reigns in each 
one's heart. It is too often the case 
that this god is one of "stone" or 
"wood" or other materialistic form. 
The gods consist of pleasure, business, 
money, lands, a prized possession, or | 
some other object which receives the 
100 Of devotion of the person's heart. 
We want to be well informed in this 
matter of gods and be certain that all 
gods of people's hearts are perishable. 

January 18, 1941 

and endure only for the moment. We 
want to be more certain that there is 
a true God. This true God is the only 
God of the Universe and we owe Him 
our total heart's devotion. When our 
heart's affection is centered on some- 
thing not pertaining to our heavenly 
Father, that thing is an idol. Our God 
made and does govern the entire uni- 
verse, but few people really know Him. 
Our problem in this topic is to learn 
how God can be real to us. 
A GOD. Before God can become real 
to me I must know for sure that He 
does exist. When we see the tragic world 
conditions and the slaughter of many 
innocent people by the war machine, we 
of the carnal mind are inclined to ques- 
tion the reality of a God, and if there 
is one, why He permits such evil to con- 
tinue. When such a condition exists in 
our mind it is a result of lack of faith 
and proper information. To the be- 
liever in Christ who reads his Bible, the 
present day events are not unexpected, 
for the Word plainly foretells that such 
condition shall exist. We cannot view a 
beautiful sunset, the soft snow fall, the 
musical waterfall the roar of the ocean, 
or the quiet beauty of the countryside 
without realizing in our mind that 
there is a true God. God is revealed to 
mankind in two ways: first, in nature, 
and second, through His written Word. 
By a careful study of both of these we 
can know, without doubt, that God is 

Many of us take for granted that God 
is, because we have been told so since 
childhood. But if God is to become real 
to me I must know what He is. A young 
girl was once asked to give her im- 
pressions of God. She said, "I imagine 
God to be an old man with a long white 
beard, sitting off in a corner some- 
where, smoking a big cigar." We may 
not imagine God as such, but yet, our 
idea may not be so far away from this 
young lady's conception. God is truly 
a Person and a Personality as genuine 
and as real as we are, except that His 
Eternal Spirit is not imprisoned in a 
body of flesh such as our is. It is made 
plainer to us when we understand that 
our bodies we have are not ourselves, 
but are only houses in which our real 
selves dwell while we live on this earth. 
God is a Spirit, and to know what God 
is, we must worship Him with our 
spirit. Many people try to worship God 
with their bodies only, and this will ex- 
plain why so many of these same peo- 
ple really don't know God. To really 
know Him it takes the worship of our 
heart and spirit. God can never be- 
come real to us if we try to worship 
Him by just living good, and coming to 
Church, etc. But He can be real and 
Dersonal to us when we seek to kv.ow 
Him and worship Him with both our 
body and our soul in spirit anH in 

SHIP TO HIM. It is good for us to 
stop for a moment once in a while and 
check up on our relationship to God. We 
know Him to be a Great and Powerful 
Being capable of many things and it is 
only natural for us to wonder what our 
standing is with Him. The relationship 
of our first parents to God was one of 
perfect communion and love. God had 
made them for companionship and fel- 
lowship. Such was the blessed privil- 
ege until sin entered in. God is love; 
with love there is no sin. The God of 
love cannot look on sin. Adam and 
Eve had sinned. God could not look on 
Adam and Eve and they were cast out 
of the garden of Eden. Their rela- 
tionship, and the relationship of every 
human being down to the time of 
Christ and all those since Christ who 
have not been saved by Him, is one of 
separation and condemnation. These 
shall never see God in heaven, but shall 
curse Him forever in Hell. But for 
those who in the time before Christ liv- 
ed by faith, and those since Christ who 
have believed in His redemptive power, 
there is a new and a far more glorious 
relationship with God. As Christians, 
our present relationship with God is one 
of grace and mercy bestowed upon a 
penitent soul through Jesus Christ our 
Savior. The great sin-rift has been re- 
moved and we are certain that we can 
come as close to God as Adam and Eve 
before they were felled by the evil 
workings of Satan. God can truly be- 
come real to us when we know our true 
relationship to Him. 

The road to hell is thickly paved with 
people's methods of getting into Heav- 
en. (Every conceivable plan and idea 
has been tried by men in the hopes that 
such would give them a way into etern- 
al life. But all have failed, except the 
one Way of life which is Jesus Christ's 
redemptive power. And His salvation 
must take place in the heart. We may 
have professed Christ, work in the 
church, live a Christian life, and still 
not have Christ in our heart. Sunday 
after Sunday each minister looks into 
the faces of some people who are in 
church only in body. Our Church serv- 
ices are designed for the purpose of 
drawing us closer to God. This means 
that our spirit is to be drawn into clos- 
er communion with Him. We can wor- 
ship God anywhere, but we need the 
church services to give us a deeper de- 
votion to Him which can come only 
from a common communion with other 
Christians. We should aim in every 
Church service to unite our spirits with 
the Sp'rit of God. Only by this can 
God hccome real to us. God comes in- 
to our hearts and dwells there when 
we receive the redemption of Christ. 
God dwells there. Let us keep our 
heart and life as Dure and clean as we 
can, so that it will be a fit dwelling 
place for Him. 


we want a friend to mean mere to us 
we attempt to talk to him more, associ- 
ate with him more, and do more things 
for him. In our desire to make God 
real to us we must talk with Him in 
prayer, and let Him talk to us through 
leading His Bible. He will become real 
to us if we will work for Him and as- 
sociate with Him. As Christians we are 
temples of the Holy Spirit, which is 
just the same as saying that God dwells 
in us. We must go about our work and 
duty with the precious thought that 
God dwells within this body of ours, 
and that as such. He is very real to us. 
We must then be very careful that we 
do nothing pertaining to sinful living 
which would mar us as a dwelling place 
for God. We cannot overlook the fact 
that in God being real to us that He is 
a helper and a friend and a companion. 
Our lives will be made easier as we 
know that in times of sorrow or sick- 
ness that God is with us, too. With 
those about us loosing faith in their 
gods, we can keep up hope and assur- 
ance by our trust in our God and by 
our persistent and noble efforts in lead- 
ing other people into this saving knowl- 
edge of Christ. In so doing, we will be 
making God real to them. too. 

From the Bible 

Ps. 13!):7-12. It is well to note that 
no soul can escape the presence of God, 
for He is everywhere. It is well for us 
to note that no matter where we go or 
what we do, that God's all seeing eye is 
closely watching our every move, our 
every word. Again, it gives us com- 
forting assurance that we cannot drift 
beyond the love and care of our God. 
He is ever ready and at hand to help. 

T Cor. 10:13. We may sometimes 
wonder why as Christians we are 
tempted to sin as we are. God has 
stated in His Word that whom He 
loveth, He chaseneth, so that He might 
know the genuiness of our profession. 
We are made stronger Christians 
through temptation and the resistance 
thereof. God has promised Divine 
Protection through Christ in times of 
temptation. When we do sin we have 
Christ as an Advocate with God, and we 
sre forgiven. Thus our life becomes 
one of complete trust and faith in 
Christ. Thus God becomes more real 
to us. 


Discussions help your group to get 
more meaning out of the program. To- 
night have the members give their 
opinions of God and their conceptions 
of what God is. If possible write them 
down and allow plenty of time for the 
other members to discuss them. In- 
vite your pastor in to assist in case the 
issues become too involved theological- 
ly. This is a deep topic tonight and one 
which can be of much value to all. Make 
good use of it. 

W. St. Claire Benshoff, Topic Editor. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

and that can later be tied in with the 
main body of the structure and can be 
used for Sunday School rooms and for 
similar purposes. 

We personally feel that the Lord's 
will is that there shall be a Brethren 
Church and a Brethren testimony to 
the Gospel in this city. We feel that 
we are within His will in laboring here 
with these people of God. And for that 
reason we feel that He will somehow 
prosper the whole work, if there be 
willing- hands and hearts here, and that 
His will shall bear distinct fruits 
here to His honor and glory and to the 
salvation of souls. No difficulty is too 
great for Him, and those difficulties 
which lie in the way He makes to be- 
come stepping-stones to the faithful. 

As I write there are numerous 
Christmas greeting cards and other 
evidences of Christmas remembrance 
and kindness upon my desk from many 
places in the Brotherhood. We thank 
every one who has so kindly remember- 
ed us and the work of the Lord here, 
and pray His richest blessings upon 
you all. And we can ask no greater 
boon of you than that you shall faith- 
fully remember this work before the 
Throne of Grace in unceasing interces- 
sory prayer. — Frank Gehman. 


At National Conference last August, 
Brother Studebaker asked, "Can you 
use a bus in your work at Lost Creek?" 
Reply, "It will help in the attendance." 
Then, of course, we could not say more 
for we then had no idea of what it 
would mean. Well, there was some 
anxiety, not worry, as to just how it 
would work out. But now we are all 
away from that, for we know something 
of what it does mean. May we tell you 
more about it? 

On Sunday morning we make a trip 
of about ten miles all told, and we bring 
in about forty folks to the sei-vice. My 
daughter Ada makes this trip, and I 
wish you could see the folks coming 
from the bus to the morning service. 
Before the bus came our attendance 
was around eighty, now it has grown to 
one hundred and forty, and we expect 
to see it more. This, of course, gives 
wonderful opportunity for preaching 
the Gospel. 

Then the writer at noon time drives 
the bus for the afternoon trip of around 
forty miles. Here we get about the big- 
gest thrill in a spiritual way that we 
have ever had. As we get about ten 
miles up this highway, we begin to take 
folks on, children who have never been 
to any Sunday School before and some 
adults. As we go along we take on 
around forty-four folks as we go to the 
Buckborn school house. Thei'e we un- 
load this group, and then go on up the 
road, a side gravelled load, about three 
miles, and from there bring around 
thirty more folks of all ages, men and 

women and children. When we get 
back to the school house, where we hold 
Sunday School and now preaching sel•^'- 
ices, the seats are all full and some 
have to stand. Before the bus went up 
there the attendance was around twen- 
ty, now it has grown to around eighty, 
THOSE FOLKS. When we get home 
around four we feel that this is one of 
the very best trips we have ever made. 
"Will the bus help any there in your 
services?" Behold the figures. 

We praise the Lord for this gift from 
the Sisterhood girls. Will you pray for 
us that as this bus is used the Gospel 
may through its service enter hearts 
that are so dark and minds so dulled by 
sin? In these last days we seek to win 
any and all who may be persuaded to 
come to Him in whom alone dwells eter- 
nal life. 

George E. Drushal. 


We would Ike to report some of the 
doings of the Fremont, Ohio church. It 
is always difficult to close a pastorate 
and especially when the congi-egation 
and the pastor have such pleasant re- 
lations as we have had. We desire to 
express our appreciation for this fine 
group of people in their faithfulness 
and their real desire to work for the 
advancement of the work of the Master. 

Much water has passed over the 
wheel and many joys and sorrows have 
been shared in our four years of close 
association with these good people. But 
there has been much more joy than sor- 
row and many more advances than re- 
treats. Difficulties have sought to bar 
the way and discouragements have 
found their place in the work. But 
through the help of the Lord these have 
been overcome and we have come out 

Before closing the work we had the 
very great joy of seeing the church 
cleared of debt and on the closing Sun- 
day morning of our work we burned the 
original mortgage and had a great serv- 
ice of rejoicing. As we placed the 
mortgage on the place of burning we 
had the joy of calling on Mrs. John 
Baringer, for many years faithful bear- 
er of the burdens of the church, to 
touch the match to the paper that had 
been hanging over the congregation for 
so many years. As the flame arose 
the audience joined heartily in the sing- 
ing of that song of praise, "Praise God 
from whom all Blessings Flow." 

At a fellowship meeting on Decem- 
ber 18th, which meeting was in charge 
of the Layman's Association, a fine 
program was given. Each of the church 
organizations had been assigned a part 
in the evening's entertainment. All re- 
sponded graciously and made the eve- 
ning one long to be remembered. At 
thejclose of the program the Vice Mod- 

erator of the church, W. R. Fel! 
called us to the fi'ont of the room and 
in behalf of the church, presented us 
with a fine set of china with service for 
twelve. The Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha also presented Mrs. Vanator 
vdth a beautiful purse. These things 
will linger in our hearts for many years 
to come. 

As we came to Ashland to assume our 
new duties we feel that we have left 
a tie that binds us to this congregation, 
the like of which will not come again. 
For we are not leaving to unite our- 
selves to another church in the capacity 
of pastor and people. Therefore the 
feeling in separation is a far different 
one than otherwise. 

However, our sorrow at the separa- 
tion was eased in the fact that we were 
able to introduce the new pastor to the 
church. For on the morning of Decem- 
ber 29th we had the pleasure of pre- 
senting Rev. and Mrs. Clarence S. 
Fairbanks to the congregation and in- 
stalling Brother Fairbanks officially in 
the capacity of minister of the flock. 
Brother and Sister Fairbanks have al- 
ready taken up their abode in the par- 
sonage where we have spent so many 
happy hours. 

We feel that the way is clear for 
great advances in the work at Fremont 
and we pray God's richest blessings on 
the congregation and pastor. 

Fred C. Vanator. 


On Thursday evening, December 12, 
the annual turkey dinner for the men 
of the church was held at the Smith- 
ville Brethren Church. Approximately 
ninety men, including members of the 
church and their guests, were seated at 
the attractively decorated tables. Bro. 
Harvey Amstutz, superintendent of the 
Smithville Brethren Sunday School, act- 
ed in the capacity of toastmaster. Dur- 
ing the course of the evening Brother 
Lloyd King led the group in a number 
of songs, assisted by Wellington Klin- 
gel at the piano. A quartette composed 
of Boyd Hostettler, Harold Wenger, 
Han'ey Amstutz and Ward Metzger 
sang a sacred number, "Let Him In". 
At the close of the meal Toastmaster 
Amstutz introduced the Rev. Dodds, 
pastor of the Smithville Brethren 
Church, who gave a few words of wel- 
come to the men present. At this time 
opportunity was given for the introduc- 
tion of gniests. The climax of the eve- 
ning was reached with the introduction 
of Prof. M. A. Stuckey as the speaker 
of the evening. He took as his, theme 
the three groups of people who viewed 
the new born King of kings: the shep- 
herds, the angels and the magi, draw- 
ing a fine point for comparison with 
contemporary times and our Yuletide 
Season. Altogether, it was an evening 
rich in fellowship with our fellow men 
and inspiration in His service. 

V^ol. LXIII, No. 3 

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Deut. 8:9. Read I Cor. 2. 

An old man had two sons. He owned 
a poor farm which he patiently but un- 
successfully worked for years. When 
he died the brothers hoped to be able to 
make ends meet by their renewed zeal. 
Therefore they began digging deep in 
the ground that the earth might be bet- 
ter fertilized. One day they turned up 
a yellow rock. It was gold. In a short 
time they were millionaires. 

This is like the life of the Christian. 
The man who derives a real benefit 
from his Christianity must put a real 
effort of his owti into it, and not be 
content to merely work the surface. 


Prov. 15:3. Read Psalms 139. 

Sir H. Rider Haggard in The Days of 

My Life relates that his father told a 
faithful servant to give the son his 
watch. Sir Rider stated that he had 
kept the same, still marking the hour at 
which it ran down under his father's 
pillow on that night. Impressive were 
the last words spoken almost as his 
father expired: 

"God is eve^y^vhere! He is in this 
room, is he not?" 


Matt. 25:40. Read Rom. 15:1-3. 

Little Robbie had just been present- 
ed with a New Testament. One eve- 
ning he read, for the first time, "The 
Son of Man hath not where to lay his 

His heart was touched, and he burst 
into tears. "O, mamma," he cried, 
"how I wish I had been there. I would 
have given Him my little pillow!" 

It was a loving thought for a little 
boy to have and he learned that even 
now he can give to Him by helping the 
poor and needy. 

And how can we help him? Today 
stop and meditate on your relation to 
Him, and your relation to others. Re- 
member, He said, "Inasmuch as ye do it 
unto the least of these, my brethren, ye 
ao it unto me." Pray that you may be 
worthy of the trust He has placed in 


Eph. 4:32. Read Gal. 6:1-10. 

"Let us be kind one to another," Ian 
Maclaren used to say, "for most of us 
are fighting a hard battle." "And 
years afterward," said one who suc- 
ceeded him in the charge, "I found how 
bonnily he had lived out his dictum; 
heard nothing of his sermons, though 
he was a mighty preacher; but, when- 
ever there had been a bairnie ill in his 
time, twenty years after they re- 
membered in those homes the man who 
spend long hours pouring out wonder- 
ful stories to hot, restless little folks, 
too ill to look at pictures, sick of all 
their toys, or peevish and fretted by 
their crumbly beds." We all must see 
to it that we adopt views that will 
hearten, not discourage those about us. 

Discouragement oft comes from a 
failure to realize that a kind word, 
spoken in a moment of need, is like the 
fragrance of a beautiful flower. 



Prov. 22:6. Read Prov. 22:1-7. 

A writer in the Sunday School Times 
told of seeing on the mantlepiece of his 
grandmother's parlor an apple in a 
vial, entirely filling the body of the 
bottle. "How could it have gotten 
there?" was his constant childish won- 
der. He climbed a chair to see if the 
bottom would unscrew, or if there had 
been another way it might have enter- 
ed. But no explanation was forthcom- 
ing and the matter of the apple remain- 
ed a mystery. One day, walking in the 
garden, he saw it all. There on a tree 
in the garden, was a vial tied, and with- 
in it a tiny apple growing. The apple 
was put into the bottle when it was lit- 
tle and it grew there. 

What influences should surround the 
life of your children ? 


I John 4:8. Read John 21:12-17. 

Did you ever stand looking into the 
sky watching a "sky-writer?" He cir- 
cles here and there and you become 
aware that he is writing words. He is 
literally spelling it out in the sky. 

Jesus sought more than a mere de- 
claration of love on the part of Simon. 
He asked him to spell it out in service. 
To every declaration of love that came 
from the lips of Simon, there came back 
a challenge to make it known by shep- 
herding the sheep of the Master and 
looking after His lambs. 

We need to spell out our declarations 
of love by loving acts toward those of 
his fold. 



James 3:5. Read James 3:1-10. 

Once upon a time there w-as 
mother who had some boys and girl 
They were just ordinary human being 
and they got cross and snappy wit 
each other and quite often cried oi 
loudly when they were not please( 
When this wise mother would hear thi 
she would quietly say, "Sing it! sin 
it!" And quite often the song begai 
"I hate you, I hate you; you cheatei 
you cheated." But always their son 
brought laughter and smiles so quick! 
that it became a family proverb, "Ne^ 
er say what you cannot sing." 

Do you not think it would be well t 
take up that motto today? 

"Sing and smile and pray. 
That's the only way; 
If you'll sing and smile and pray 
You'll drive the clouds away." 

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see how they do 


—Acts 15:36 

A Few Reports 

It has been gratifying to witness the enthusiasm 
liat many of our churches and individuals have 
emonstrated for our Thanksgiving Offering. Dr. J. 
Raymond Shutz, of North Manchester, Indiana, re- 
orted an almost phenomenal increase in their gifts. 
)r. Bame's church at South Bend did likewise. 
[ere are just a few of the churches whose reports 
tius far show how well they have accepted the cal- 
;nge that our Lord has placed before us. We com- 
lend each of you : 

Maurertown, Virginia, where Brother Ed. Miller 
5 pastor raised their offering from $65.29 last year 
3 $109.40 this year. Canton, Ohio, where Dr. Leslie 
/indower is pastor exceeded their last year's offer- 
ig by $25.00 bringing their total to $150 this year, 
[ratis, Ohio, where Rev. A. E. Whitted is pastor 
ave over twice the amount of last year's offering by 
ringing in $124.74 this year. Gretna and Belle- 
ontaine where James Ault, one of our Seminary 
oys, is pastor doubled their last year's gifts by 
ringing in $87.45 this year. West Alexandria 
^here Rev. C. C. Grisso is pastor, that gave us $10 
ist year brought us $81.50 this year. Allentown, 
'ennsylvania, doubled their offering. Berlin, Penn- 
ylvania, where Rev. Victor Leatherman 'is Pastor, 
aised their gifts by $50 giving us $190. this year, 
leyersdale and Summit Mills showed very fine and 
ommendable gains. For instance Meyersdale gave 
100 last year and $150 this year. Summit Mills 
ave $113 last year and $126 this year. Muncie, In- 
iana, where Rev. George Jones is pastor gave twice 
heir last year's offering this year. Elkhart gave 
100 more this year than last bringing their total to 
250. Nappanee raised their offering appreciably, 
.nd so on and on we could tell you of these splendid 
|eports just now coming in. And what about the 
lidividual gifts? Well, they are coming in grand 
Ityle. Isolated members have not forgotten us. 
rom time to time we will be telling you just exactly 

hat your contributions are accomplishing for Him. 
/e want you to know. 

Does Your Church Talk This Language? 

How would it appeal to you to belong to a Sunday 
3hool, or a Sunday School Class, or a wide awake 
lurch or a group of individuals who supported a 
ome Mission church? Now would it not be a 

great incentive for you to pray and live for, to have 
some very important unit of the Lord's work thus 
depending upon you or your organization? Why 
not pray about it and ask Him to open a way. It 
would surprise you perhaps how little the effort re- 
quired on your part to accomplish this. Write us 
about the cost of such a venture for your group. 

Some of our people have certainly shown that 
Brethrenism has not retarded its spirit of sacrifice 
and sharing. Our people at Meyersdale, Conne- 
maugh, Waynesboro, Rittman, Canton, Akron, 
Peru and Allentown, have given us liberal offerings 
this year. We thank you. We plan to be visiting 
with you very soon. 

Thank You ! 

A good sister from Kansas writes to inquire about 
the cost of supporting a native Missionary in South 
America. Splendid. That would cause Dr. Yoder 
real joy, too. Could there be any more secure invest- 
ment these days than in those "treasures in heaven" 
about which Jesus spoke? Tlie Lord knoweth them 
that are His. He always has a way to carry on His 
work. If you are trying to cany on in His Name 
and feel that it is just impossible and there is no 
way out, just wait a bit and see. He never yet was 
put into a corner. Our God does great and even 
small things! 


Family Altar 2 

Our Brethren in Every City— J. R. K 3 

Interesting Items 4 

All Aboard for 1941— Rev. E. L. Miller 5 

Why Should I Be Interested In Any Denomination? — 

J. Ray Klingensmith 6 

Publication Day Offering— F. C. V 7 

Argentine Prayer List — Dr. C. F. Yoder 8 

Pastoral Comfort — Rev. Frank Gehman 9 

December Missionary Offering 10 

Teaching in Our Sunday School — Dr. W. I. Duker 11 

V^orth Thinking About 12 

A Layman Views the Task of the Church — 

Albert G. Hartman 13 

Our Children's Department 14 

C. E. Topics for Young People , , , 14 

The Brethren EvangelisI 

Congratulations Elkhart 

One of the finest buildings in the denomination is 
now practically completed at Elkhart, Indiana. It 
is to be dedicated Sunday, February 9th. The pro- 
gram for the day's services is quite attractive. Dr. 
Charles Anspach president of Michigan Central State 
Teacher's College will preach at the 10:30 morning 
hour. Dr. J. Raymond Shutz, pastor of the First 
Brethren Cliurch, of Nortli Manchester, will preach 
in the afternoon at 2:30. Dr. E. G. Mason presidentof 
Ashland College and Rev. Willis Ronk, Dean of Ash- 
land Seminary will also appear on the program with 
Rev. W. I. Duker, whose labors produced the leader- 
ship for the first unit of that great building. Mrs. 
Fay Wilson, Choirmaster, and Mrs. Fern Gilbert, 
Organist, will see that the splendid Elkhart Choir 
gives a good account of itself. Miss Betty White, 
one of our College girls from Elkhart, will play a 
harp solo accompanied by the church organist. Con- 
gratulations Elkhart. Rev. and Mrs. Flora will be 
proud of your achievements, we are sure. And you 
will be happy for their leadership. 

From Stockton, California 

Word received from Rev. Frank Gehman in Stock- 
ton, California, shows us that the true Missionary 
proposition characterizes their entrance into Stock- 
ton. It sounds very good to us. Inch by inch will 
Brother Gehman and that Stockton people take the 
work for the Lord. We should remember them and 
ask God's help in their building problems immediate- 
ly facing them. Maybe it is a good thing to get rain- 
ed out sometime. Stockton, we are looking for a 
real advance there this year; and we know that the 
entire Brethren Denom-'nition is back of you in pray- 
ers and money. We want a great church in your 
city. Remember, Satan puts up his greatest battles 
to keep you from getting a foothold. And why 
shouldn't he? And yet, the battle is the Lord's. 

J. R. K. 


Will you kindl.\- send all monies and cor- 
respondence relating to the Missionary inter- 
ests of the denomination to 



Ashland, Ohio 

Any personal ma'l or matters demanding 

our attention should be directed to J. Ray 

Klingensmith, General Missionary Secretary, 

in care of The Brethren Publishing Co., 

Ashland, Ohio. 


WE NOTE THAT DR. YODER makes a number of request: 
for prayer in his article, Argentine Prayer List. It would b( 
wise for the various organizations of the church to keep < 
copy of these at hand to remind them of this request. 

DAY OFFERING? We know that you are interested ii 
the work of the Publishing House and that you will be anx 
iously awaiting the reports that come from the churches. Wt 
are depending on you to make this offering the best evei 
given the Publishing Company. When your offering is tak 
en, see that it is sent in at once. 

some timely questions in his article, "Why Should I Be Inter 
ested in Any Denomination?" Read it thoughtfully and di 
gest it. A careful reading will make us realize that Thi 
Brethren Church is more than merely an organization. 

ary Education for The National Sunday School Association 
calls your particular attention to the article by Dr. Yodei 
this week, and suggests that it be read before all younj 
people's and adult classes. 

our desk this week. It is a reminder letter sent out by th( 
Oakville, Indiana, church pastored by Brother L. V. King. L 
ought to bring the desired results. It tells of the progresi 
made in the church during the past year and urges the con- 
tinued support of the membership. 

WiE NOTE WITH INTEREST the ever-increasing list oJ 
those who are interested in the work of the church. The re- 
sponses that are coming to the appeals for our various ac- 
tivities are indeed livening. 

IT WAS OUR PLEASURE to attend a fine fellowshii 
meeting of the men of the Ashland Church of the Brethrer 
on Wednesday evening, January 8th. The men of the Pari 
Street Brethren Church were invited to be the guests of th< 
Men's Organization of the Church of the Brethren. Thej 
treated us royally and fed us well and entertained us wonder- 
fully and then capped it all by introducing Dr. R. V. Bolling- 
er, Professor of Psychology at Ashland College, and a mem- 
ber of the Church of the Brethren, as the speaker of the eve 
ning. His message was timely and inspirational and sent ui 
all home with a greater desire to live real Christian lives. 

IN A CURRENT CALENDAR from Brother C. Y. Gilmei 
pastor of the Vinco, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church, we fini 
a great emphasis being placed on the necessity of attend 
ance at and participation in the mid-week Prayer Service 
Too much stress cannot be laid on the need of prayer. 

ASSOCIATION will bring some timely article concerning th I 
Sunday School work. This issue carries a very fine articl i 
by Dr. W. I. Duker on the subject, "Teaching in Our Sunda 
School." Read it. 

page. Turn to it and read every word of it. Then act upoi 
the suggestions of our Missionary Secretary, Brother Klinfi 
ensmith, and you will find that you are helping a very worth' 

WE KNOW IT IS NOT RIGHT TO HINT, but we are woi; 
dering if your subscription to The Brethren Evangelist hi 
expired? Do not wait for the expiration notice to reach yo»! 
home, but look on the label of your paper and see what 
says. Beat your subscription expiration date with your r 

Fanuary 18, 1941 

All Aboard For 

Nineteen Forty-One 

Rev. E. L. Miller 


It has been a real pleasure to note the response on 
he part of our good and loyal Brethren for articles 
n the work of our Miss'onary Board. These ring 
rue to the spirit of missions and that makes for pro- 
■ress. No church has a right to live outside a mis- 
ionary program. I know some few smaller denom- 
riations have refused to let the spirit of missions, 
Lome or foreign, move them one whit. And I also 
otice that as church groups they have not moved, ex- 
epting it be downward. Missionary churches are an- 
wering the challenge of the Master and His plain 
ommand when they go after those not yet within 
he fold. No order or command of the Lord is plain- 
er than that regarding missionary service. And 
hall we refuse to run according to orders of the 
'hief Dispatcher? Such action on the part of the 
ailroader would mean wreck and disaster. And I 
im persuaded it shall none the less mean wreck and 
lisaster for those working under command of the 
leavenly Trainmaster if they refuse to abide by His 

We feel that our denomination under our local 
lispatcher, recently chosen by tlie Missionary Board 
>f the church, is ready and rearing to go according 
;o the orders of his Chief as soon, fast and far as 
;he church will make it possible for him to go. I 
enow he is full of vim and vigor and also full of de- 
;ermination to make things go for a real missionary 
;ampaign in the home land this year of 1941, and I 
lope the church will not fail him as he leads to better 
;hings. So as the Home Mission train pulls out of 
;he station in its 1941 effort, let us do all in our 
3ower to make the trip a success. Brother J. Ray 
Klingensmith is our new leader and those who know 
lim, and they are many, feel that no mistake has 
3een made in selecting a young man of his type, with 
ill his energy and optimism, to direct things for 
?ome time in the future. The immediate future, A. 

D. 1941, is when he will need the encouragement of 
the church and its most loyal support. He is begin- 
ning a new work for him and now is the time for all 
good men and women of the church to come to the 
aid of good Brother J. Ray. He is bound to make 
good for the Lord and great number of the Lord's 
people are going to stand loyally by him. So let us 
ALL do the same and have a part in the victories as- 
sured. Most of us have heard of the young preacher 
delivering his first sermon under great stress. He 
couldn't get started for some while, but after ten or 
twelve minutes the young brother began to get hold 
of things. Then a brother in the rear of the hall 
cried a loud Amen! The young brother stopped 
short, gave the shouter a liard look and told him to 
keep quiet, that he didn't need his help now, and that 
when he did need it at first he didn't get it. So it 
will be in this mission work. Brother Ray needs 
your help now right now. Don't wait until things 
are going nicely, or until victories are won, and then 
jump aboard and shout loudly, "Didn't we win a fine 
battle?" The old story of "Betsy and I killed a bear" 
is an answer to such action. We want ALL of our 
Brethren to get ABOARD the Missionary train right 
now. Brother Klingensmith will appreciate your help 
most RIGHT NOW. And if you don't get aboard at 
once, it may be that you won't be able to get aboard 
at all, for the train is going to start and we are hop- 
ing it will get going real fast and that may make it 
difficult for you to climb aboard. 

Surely our church wants to make progress. Stand- 
ing still is quite an impossibility as I have proved to 
many a young person. Try it physically yourself 
and you will be surprised how short a time you can 
stand perfectly still. You soon will begin swaying 
and then movement either forward or backward 
will follow. I hope we won't even try standing still 
spiritually and missionarily, but that we will put on 


Tlie Brethren Evangelist 

full steam ahead. The Lord told Moses to tell the 
children of Israel that they GO FORWARD. And I 
feel that order is still in the book for us today. 
Brother Ray wants to go forward, and he will go in 
that direction regardless of what we say or do. But 
how much better and more successfully he can GO 
FORWARD if we all boost and put our effort and 
substance in pool with his. 

So the good old Gospel Mission train is pulling 
away from station 1940 and heading for station 
1941. Get aboard little children and bigger ones too, 
and let us have great success to crown the efforts of 
those on whom we have laid the burden of Mission- 
ary service, be it the general secretary of the Board 
or the workers in the different mission points or 
those yet to be assigned positions as mission work- 

ers. No work in the church will pay bigger divi- 
dends, and surely we do want our sacrifices to bring 
forth something real and worth while as dividends 
or results. As one brother who believes in the set- 
up we now have arranged in our church and under 
The Missionary Board of the church, I want to regis- 
ter my fullest satisfaction in it and pray God's bless- 
ings upon those carrying on for us and also pray 
that the church in general will back up the work of 
church extension to the fullest extent possible. Send 
in your gifts and offerings and just see whether the 
Lord will not give us wonderful returns on the in- 
vestment. So again we say, "All Aboard For 1941 
and the extending of the borders of the Kingdom 
with our Missionary Board and its fine General Sec- 
retary." Maurertown, Virginia 


Why Should I Be Interested 

In Any Denomination? 

J. Ray Klingensmith 


As the religious cults multiply and subdivide and 
the great denominations of the world sometime di- 
lute their message and over-pressure their constitu- 
ency the reaction sweeps the soul of the conscien- 
tious layman. He stands alone wondering whether 
it is still worthwhile to be considered the part of any 
denomination. Why ? Is there any particular value 
to being identified shall we say with the Brethren 
Faith today ? Now think it through from all angles 
and you will conclude some things that will be irre- 
vocable : 

1. You must be identified with some denomination 
or else be one of the "independents" of the day. . . 
which identifies you immediately with the taber- 
nacle groups of reactionaries and "independents" 
who do as they feel led until a predominant number 
of them unfortunately pleases to do something else, 
and then they simply become another new denomin- 
ation. Probably they will then join another group of 
independents and immediately assume a name that 
seems to picture them as more fundamental and free 
from humanism than the other denominations. 

2. If you do not choose to belong to such a group 
of independents then you must belong to some 
Churcli which is identified with a conference or de- 
nomination. Your problem then presents itself as 
to which one? There are many good ones. God has 
blessed and widely used many of them. Unquestion- 
ably the Holy Spirit has spoken in no uncertain 

terms through them. But have you overlooked some 
of the beautiful and priceless advantages of your 
own denomination? Now do not apologize because 
your denomination is small and rather unassuming. 
The Greek armies in their smallness and unity, just 
as the Cechoslovakian situation, demonstrated to the 
world again. A letter from one of the outstanding 
denominational leaders in the State of Massachu- 
settes recently stated that he would not boast about 
the size of his denomination; the size was his fear! 
Efficiency is not cradled in superfluity. 

Now consider some things a Church must have. It 
must have a Ministry. If it does not have a minis- 
try of its own it will be forced to take whatever it 
can pick up to serve it. As time causes it to change 
leadership where will it make its next move for a 
leader that fits its mould ? The Brethren Denomin- ' 
ation has its definite leadership and ministry and a 
thorough and efficient training school for such. Con- 
sider your beautiful College and Seminary at Ash- 
land. It has built up an influence for over fifty 
years that has filtered into every State in the Union 
and into the office of probably every educational in- 
stitution in the Country. The old School has train- 
ed the ministry for the denomination for many 
years; and out of the hundreds of them all she has 
sent her students out with positive and unrelenting 
convictions about the Holy Bible and tlie strength of 
individual character. 

January 18, 1941 

According to the Book of Acts the early Christian 
3ehevers were positively and emphatically Mission- 
iry. Study the powerful gi'owth and influence of 
;he Church at Antioch. She was magnificent in her 
[•caches. How will YOU be Missionary and not be 
I part of a denomination. It takes thousands of dol- 
ars to support Missionary work and you have but 
lundreds. Your only means of voicing your feelings 
;hen for God in this capacity will be to unite with a 
jroup of people who desire to spread the same mes- 
sage that you have believed. This then is a gi'eat 
•eason for your being part of a small denomination, 
if our Missionaries actually represent you and what 
^ou would preach if you were there and could 

But how keep informed with what all the rest of 
^our helpers with whom you have united yourefforts. 
rhis situation demands a medium of distributing in- 
formation. We call it a Publication House. It pre- 
;erves the unified purpose of the denomination. It 
[eeps us all steering in the same direction and aware 
»f each others' accomplishments. 

Why belong to a Denomination? Why not? 
Vhen D. L. Moody was asked if a man had to join a 
Church to go to heaven he said that a man probably 
lidn't have to. That man could swim to Europe if 
le wanted to go it alone, but why not get in the ship 
vith the rest and travel faster and farther. Your 
lenomination provides you with a gi'eat Seminary; 
^lollege for the training and education of your chil- 
Iren; Missionary enterprise and Publication center. 

Mr. Brethren, are you taking it for granted ? Are 
^ou quite sure you will be as well situated without 
'our Brethren Denomination as with it ? Will there 
)e another means of expressing your truest self to 
he world such as your denominational facilities pro- 
'ide for you ? And thank God that while you belong 

a denomination that provides you with such op- 
)ortunities, it at the same time lends the enchant- 
nent of a name "Brethren" that identifies you with 

1 singular and particular group of God-fearing peo- 
)le that have forever proclaimed to the world that 
hat old Bible is their Faith; and the world knows 

$4000 from 
4000 People 


Publication Interests 

January 26th. 

Publication Day OFFerimg 

"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall 
much be required : and to whom men have committed 
much, of him they will ask the more." — Luke 12:48. 

In order to reach the goal for which the Publica- 
tion Board is striving it will be necessary for some 
to bring along larger than usual offerings to meet 
the need. In other words it will not do for those 
who are able to give the larger gifts to be content to 
remain in the $1.00 class ; nor even in the $5.00 and 
$10.00 classes. There are those who should have 
the work of the Publication Interests sufficiently at 
heart to bring gifts of $25.00, $50.00 and $100.00. 

We are even taking the opportunity to form a 
table of gifts which would make it possible for the 
Publication Board to enter into next conference year 
with a new building completely paid for. It appears 
at the end of this column. 

If you have been given much, the Lord will expect 
much of you. 

We read, "On the first day of the week lay by in 
store as God has prospered you." Has he prospered 
you in these days? Then worship Him by your 
gifts. There are many in the Brotherhood that can 
spare $5.00 or $10.00 to help in the building of this 
new Publishing plant. And we promise you that 
every cent that is sent in to the Publication offering 
will be used on the new building and its equipment. 

The literature and envelopes that are being sent 
out to the churches will be sufficient to pemiit each 
and every one to have his part, individually, in the 
offering. Use the envelopes — they are sent out for 
that purpose. We are asking for $4,000.00 through 
these envelopes. 4,000 people giving $1.00 will do 

But what about the other amount we will need? 

Here is a suggestive table. 

15 people giving $100.00— $1500.00 

15 people giving $ 50.00—$ 750.00 

30 people giving $ 25.00—$ 750.00 

100 people giving $ 10.00— $1000.00 

100 people giving $ 5.00—$ 500.00 

The total of this is $4,500.00. Add to this the 
$4,000.00 which we ask in ONE DOLLAR GIFTS 
and we have the sum of $8,500.00. Still further add 
the gift of $2,000.00 which we already have and we 
make the total $10,500.00. That will build the build- 
ing. A simple matter of addition — but it will bring 
the results. 

Brethren, let's do it. 

F. C. V. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Xhe Editors Speak 


Argentine Prayer List 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 

The work of missions is largely a work of prayer. 
Being the work of the Lord lie is sponsor for it. He 
both sends forth laborers and provides for their 

But his help is conditional. To find we must seek 
and to receive we must ask. Not only that, but our 
seeking and asking must itself be according to the 
will of the Lord. 

Still more, wiiile the Lord hears individual pray- 
ers, and where two or three are gathered together in 
his name he is present with them, yet the more be- 
lievers tliere are united in supplication the greater 
is their power in prayer. 

Prayer is not easy. We read of "striving together 
in prayer", "continuing all night in prayer" and 
"sweating great drops of blood" in prayer. The 
church does not take seriously enough its great priv- 
ilege of prayer. We all need to do as Muller did 
when he consecrated liis life to prove the power of 

Missionary prayers have opened i)iison doors and 
closed the mouths of enemies. Tiiey have overcome 
the orders of tyrants and broken the stony hearts of 
the multitudes. They have worked miracles of heal- 
ing and of conversion in all ages, and are not less 
powerful today when the conditions of tiiie prayer 
are fulfilled. 

Therefore we come boldly to the loyal members of 
the lirethren Church, asking that our missionary 
work be remembered in private prayers, that it be 
remembered at the family altar, by prayer bands in 
the clnirches, in the prayer meetings, in the prayers 
in the pulpits, in the conferences and by concerted 
petitions by the entire brotherhood. 

And tiiat t)ur i)rayers may be siiecific and there- 
fore more effective, 1 will mention some of the defin- 
ite objects for which we should pray. The list may 
be preserved for i-eference. It is only the beginning 
of requests. There will be definite needs continual- 
ly which will require the help of prayer. How bless- 
ed it is to know that in thus helping one another we 
are also "workers together witii God." 

1. Pray for guidance in the location of missions. 

While we have some scriptural principles to guide us. 

yet in the application of these we need definite guid- 
ance. Our experience during more than thirty years 
of foreign missions has shown that God does guide 
in such matters. We are working in three large 
cities, — Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba, and we 
need to find neglected districts, open doors, suitable 
buildings and proper surroundings. Here on the 
field the workers are praying for each other for def- 
inite guidance and we need the help of the prayers 
of the entire church. 

2. Pray for guidance in the selection of workers. 

Although the harvest is great and the laborers are 
few it will not be wise to accept all who apply, for 
some there are who seek for loaves and fishes, and 
the spirit of the hireling is not the spirit of the true 
missionary. We liave already had the applications 
of some whom we cannot encourage to enter the 
work on account of lack of tlie proper qualifications. 
But God knows best the possibilities of each one, and 
to him we must look for guidance in this all import- 
ant matter. Even our Lord, when about to choose 
tiie twelve disciples, spent the entire night in prayer. 

3. Pray that our converts may be faithful. When 
Jesus was about to return to the Father the burden 
of liis great intercessory prayer, in John 17, was that 
of the unity of believers. He knew that wolves 
would enter in dividing and destroying the flock. 
Many a good pastor has had his work ruined by un- 
faithful members. In mission lands it is especially 
important that the converts be examples of the true' 
Ciiristian life, because it is the testimony of their 
lives more than anytlrng else that brings other con- 
verts. Therefore please iielp us by your prayers to 
have converts who shall be soul winners. 

4. Pray for workers who are really called of tht 
Lord; workers who go forth, not in the spirit of ad- 
venture, but in the love of souls, ready for any sacri 
fice that the work of evangelization may require 
workers of whom it may be said, as it was said o 
Barnabas: "He was a good man, full of faith and o 
the Holy Spirit, and much people were added to thi 
Lord." Pray for apostles like Paul who could eithe 
preach a sei-mon of profoundest learning or gathej 
sticks to make a fire for siiip-wrecked and cold comj 
panions. Missionaries who will stick to their mis 
sion whethei- supported by others or not. Such ar 
the fruit of i)rayer. 

T). Pray for a workers training school in ArgerJ 


January 18, 1941 

tina. In order to make progress toward a self sup- 
porting work we must put responsibility upon the 
lational workers and converts. They must feel that 
;he work is a national work which must go on even 
though help from the outside be withdrawn. We 
lave good missionary candidates who cannot afford 
:o go elsewhere for training. We have known work- 
ers who with years of training elsewhere still lack 
:he preparation which only training on the field can 
i'ive. We believe that such a training school has a 
?ood field in Cordoba and that the time is here to 
aegin. Pray that we may be guided in the prepara- 
tion of courses and admission of workers. 

6. Pray that we may be able to reach all classes. In 

general the missions reach only the poor. God has 
chosen the poor, but he also calls the rest, and since 
through school work we already have some contacts 
with leading people we want your help in prayer that 
these contacts may lead to conversions. 

7. We need gxiidance in order to use the best meth- 
ods of reaching the more than six thousand Jews in 
Cordoba, and the many thousands in the other great 
cities in which we labor. Most of these have fled 
from persecution in Europe and will be glad to know 
that the time is coming for their restoration. 

8. Pray for means to have a Bible Coach and work- 
ers adapted to that kind of work. It is the best way 
to begin work in new towns, but it requires well pre- 
pared workers. A thousand dollars or a little more 
would be required for the coach and loud speaker 
and pi'ojector with pictures, and then $50.00 a month 
for the support of workers and upkeep. 

9. Pray also for a tent with workers adapted to 
work with it. To follow up the Bible coach the tent 
work is most valuable. With a tent we can preach 
to audiences of from four to six hundred people night 
after night. A good tent can be gotten for $200.00 
but benches and an organ are needed, and three pre- 
pared workers to go with this work. 

10. Pray for the extension of our work to the many 
towns in the district, — hundreds of prosperous towns 
which have no preaching of the Gospel at all. We 
can open up a half a dozen new missions a year with 
a Sunday School and several dozens of converts, but 
we cannot icare for them without pastors sufficient 
to give them pastoral care. We need a few mission- 
aries from the home land, but it is cheaper, and in 
some cases better, to use prepared national workers. 
Cannot a church with nearly twenty thousand mem- 
bers raise twenty thousand dollars for less than 
three cents a week for each member to speed the one 
great work that was given to the church to do until 
the Iiord returns? 

230 Blvd. Centenario Cordoba, Argentina 

The director of Mission Education of The Nation- 
al Sunday School Association, Rev. Chester Zimmer- 
man, recommends that this article from Dr. Yoder 
be read before all Young People's and Adult Classes 
and discussed. 

Pastoral Comfort 

Rev. Frank Gehman 

"For tills cause, brethren, we were comforted 
over you in all our distress and affliction through 
your faith: for now we live, if ye stand fast in the 
Lord," I Thess. 3:7, 8. 

Much has been said about pastoral comfort — with 
the pastor doing the comforting. Beyond doubt the 
pastor's ministry of comfort in the affliction, sor- 
row and suffering of the flock is vitally important 
and a ministry precious in the eyes of the Great 

But Paul's address to the Thessalonians calls at- 
tention to the fact that there are times when it may 
be as seriously important that comfort flow to the 
Christian worker rather than always out from him. 
He reveals how precious to him was the comfort that 
had come to him by way of Timothy as messenger' 
from the Christians at Thessalonica. He had him- 
self been experiencing suffering and persecution. He 
makes specific mention of his shameful treatment 
at Phillipi (2:2). Besides this his words imply suf- 
fering and affliction growing out of his own bodily 
weakness. Then added to all this was his burden 
concerning the spiritual welfare of the churches. 

When at last the combined burden was so great 
that he could no longer forebear in his concern for 
the Thessalonian Church, and when Timothy had 
come to him at Athens, he immediately sent him to 
Thessalonica to visit the church and to report upon 
it. The giving up of Timothy when Paul was alone 
at Athens (3:1), in the midst of apparently fruitless 
contest with the philosophic pagans, must have been 
another wrench upon his burdened soul. 

However Timothy's return, probably at Corinth 
(Acts 18:.5), brought encouragement and comfort to 
Paul. Whatever imperfections there were found in 
the church — and nothing human is without imper- 
fection — Timothy's account of the Thessalonian 
Church was very favorable. Faith and charity 
abounded in its midst and the believers earnestly de- 
sired to see Paul personally. 

So Paul was comforted in the presence of distress 
of soul and affliction of body by their continued love 
for him and by their faith: "for now we live, if ye 
stand fast in the Lord." Only the Lord Himself 
knows how much of pastoral time and energy have 
been wasted and how much good courage has been 


destroyed by the failure of many professed followers 
of the Lord to stand fast. Like the Galatians, many 
start well but they do not run well. Many a falter- 
ing or broken pastor has seen no pity from the very 
people whose faithlessness, more than any error of 
his own, has been responsible for his weakened hands 
and decreasing efficiency. 

Every sliepherd, wortliy of the name, is personal- 
ly concerned about every member of the flock. Part 
of his duty is to keep the wolves out of the flock, but 
as assuredly a responsibility — and one often much 
more difficult to perform in spiritual matters — is 
to keep the sheep from straying amongst the wolves. 
And what a wearing concern are the sheep that stray 
into strange and unguarded pastures! 

Every earnestly striving pastor can appreciate the 
comfort Paul found in the fresh knowledge that the 
Thessalonians still remembered him lovingly and 
that they were standing fast in the Lord. So great 
was the upswing of spirit in his release from the bur- 
den of spiritual concern that he pictured their faith- 
fulness as releasing him from the pangs of living 
death and granting him to live again. And how eas- 
ily were they able to grant him the boon of this com- 
fort: "for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord." 

Churches can do marvels to strengtlien the hands 
of their pastors. Congregations have their part in 
making great preachers and in producing great ser- 
mons. The pastoral mind that is confident in the 
knowledge that the flock is standing fast in the Lord 
is freed to new realms of understanding and knowl- 
edge, and the pastoral spirit that is comforted with 
the realization that the believers are unwavering in 
tlieir faitiifulness is spurred to greater heights of 
vision and to vaster reaches of accomplishment. Con- 
sequently the Church is led into greater paths of 
service and to higher goals of spiritual attainment. 
Like in form to the "vicious circle" of the logician, 
yet unlike in results is this circle of righteous appre- 
ciation which brings comfort to frequently tried 
souls, joyful fruits to the exercising saints, and glory 
to God. Stockton, California 


The natural perversity of unregenerate hu- 
man nature is now manifesting itself in wide- 
spread unholy and impious conduct turning 
on an anti-God sentiment. Nor can we ex- 
pect any betterment until men are made con- 
scious of God as Law-giver and Judge as ful- 
ly as of Him as a loving Father. Herein the 
Church also must greatly deepen its own 
conviction. Or so it seems to me. 

The Mentor. 






The Brethren Evangehst 


During the Month of December, 1940 

Mr. & Mrs. Merle Snyder, Los Angeles, Calif .$35.00 

Cambria, Indiana, Brethren Church 17.56 

Gretna, Ohio, Brethren Church 87.45 

Lucetta Hibbs, Uniontown, Pa 11.00 

Center Chapel, Peru, Indiana 9.50 

County Line Sunday School, LaPaz, Ind 5.00 

Hamlin, Kansas, Brethren Church 58.90 

William H. Mellott, Dreshler, Ohio 1.00 

North Manchester, Indiana, Brethren Church 159.29 

John & Mary Jesse, Carlinville, Illinois 1.10 

Bryan, Ohio, Brethren Church 111.85 

Mary Rishel Ringier, Somerset, Pa 5.00 

Carleton, Nebraska, Brethren Church 34.12 

Glenford, Ohio, W. M. S 10.00 

Tiosa, Indiana, Brethren Church 11.77 

F. S. Beeghley, Ventura, California 10.00 

Mt. Olivet Brethren Church, Georgetown, Delaware . . 10.00 

Johnstown, Pa., First Brethren Church 15.00 

Linwood, Maryland, Brethren Church 25.00 

Mrs. Larsen, Beaver City, Nebraska 1.00 

Akron, Ohio, Brethren Church 43.00 

Peru, Indiana, First Brethren Church 44.92 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Yoder, Glendale, Calif 10.00 

Sergeantsville, N. J., Brethi-en Church 20.00 

Morrill, Kansas, Brethren Church 7.50 

L. L. Hummell. Homerville, Ohio 25.00 

Mrs. James Zimmerman, Hopewell, Pa 5.00 

Columbus, Ohio, Brethren Church 13.20 

New Kensington, Pa., Brethren Church 16.50 

Meyersdale, Pa., Main Street Brethren Church 150.50 

Summit Mills, Pa., W. M. S 6.00 

Yellow Creek, Pa., Brethren Church 1.30 

Elkhart, Indiana, First Brethren Church 250.00 

Maurertown, Virginia, Brethren Church 109.40 

Nappanee, Indiana, Brethren Church 150.00 

Summit Mills, Pa., Brethren Church 126.00 

Brush Valley, Pa., Brethren Church 22.02 

Berlin, Pa., Brethren Church 120.80 

North Liberty, Indiana, Brethren Church 30.50 

St. James, Maryland, Brethren Church 67.92 

Herschel McEntyre, Compton, California 10.00 

Allentown, Pa., Brethren Church 20.00 

Muncie, Indiana, First Brethren Church 87.50 

New Paris, Indiana, Brethren Church 61.97 

Roanoke, Indiana, Brethren Church 26.50 

Williamstown, Ohio, Brethren Church 75.70 

Canton, Ohio, Brethren Church 150.00 

Mt. Pleasant, Pa., Brethren Church 12.15 

Gratis, Ohio, Brethren Church 124.74 

College Corner, Indiana, Brethren Chuich 11.17 

Huntington, Indiana, Brethren Church IS.IW 

Masontown, Pa., Brethren Church 108.12 

West Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church 91.75 

Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church 81.05 

South Bend, Indiana, First Brethren Church 129.30 

Lost Creek, Kentucky, Brethren Church 15.66 

Johnstown, Pa., Third Brethren Church 110.44 

Mansfield, Ohio, Brethren Church 13.00 ' 

Mexico, Indiana, Brethren Church 38.70 

Lanark, Illinois, Brethren Church 5.00 

Goshen, Indiana, Brethren Church 125.42 

Ashland, Ohio, Brethren Church 81.25 

January 18, 1941 

Corinth, Indiana, Brethren Church 21.92 

Hagerstown, Maryland, First Brethren Church: 

A. Roy Sprecher $ 5.00 

Allen Long .5.00 

Rev. W. H. Beachler & family 6.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. G. Smith 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Carnochan 5.00 

Mrs. Ella Bovey 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. P. Spedden 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Keplinger 16.53 

Miss Emma Newcomer 2.00 

Mrs. D. Scott Long 1.00 

Mrs. Brayden Ridenour 5.00 

Mr. Brayden Ridenour 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Rhorer 25.00 

Mrs. Ira Downey 10.00 

Mrs. Clara Hartle 2.00 

Theodore Fahrney 15.00 

Mrs. Loyed Moser 1.00 


Junior Department of Sunday School .... 30.00 

Mrs. lone Stoffer 1.00 

Mrs. Fanny Harbaugh 1.00 

Mrs. Maud W. Funk 5.00 

Mrs. Francis Heck 1.00 

Miss Mary Bentz 5.00 

Mrs. Mayme Bentz 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Shank 5.00 

Mrs. J. M. .Tombaugh 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Speilman 5.00 

Mrs. Hazel Gordon 1.00 

Mrs. William Hutzell 1.00 

Mrs. Elizabeth Flook 5.00 

Miscellaneous offering 89.47 

Total offering from Hagerstown, Md. . . . 300.00 

Total Offering for December, 1940 $3558.54 





The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 



General Secretary 

Dr. W. I. Duker 

I remember very well, a young lad who appeared 
one day at one of our school athletic contests. We 
were "lining up" our boys for a thirty yard dash. We 
had not suggested that the boys appear in athletic 
dress, but rather expected each to come direct from 
class. We were therefore greatly surprised to see 
one young lad appear in shorts, rubber slippers 
and holding a part of a lemon in his hand. I remem- 
ber how the rest of the boys looked at him. They 
glanced at his scanty attire and then at his feet in- 
cased in rubber toe and heel. Then they looked at 
their own class room clothing and seemed to be sur- 
prised that they had not thought to prepare in the 
same manner as did this lad for the race.. The 
young lad, however, was not looking at them. He 
was busy looking himself over to see that he was 
fully prepared in every way to run the race and Win. 

The boys not especially prepared for the race real- 
ized that they must really run if they were to win. 
They realized for the first time their probable cloth- 
ing handicap. They now reahzed that they must run 
sufficiently fast to over-come their lack of prepared- 
ness. Not so, with the lad with the shorts and the 
shoes. He was depending on his equipment to win 
the race. In fact he was more concerned with his 
equipment than he was with his running. 

The boys were called to their position on the line. 
|A11 came, ready and anxious to start, save the lad 
iwho came, but was still re-adjusting his garments 
ihere and there, that he would be just right when the 
{signal was given. Now came the signal. "On your 

mark. Get set. Go!" Away went the boys with a 
mighty lunge, save the lad with the equipment. As 
I gave the signal, "Go" he was busily tying and re- 
tying his shoe. When he looked up, the boys were 
well down the track and entirely too far to catch be- 
fore the race was won. The well prepared lad gave 
one glance at the course, one glance at his equipment 
and then he returned to the shower for which he had 
no need. As I saw the well prepared lad return to 
the dressing room I determined a philosophy of life 
for myself. It was this: "Complete preparation 
for life's race is fine ! One can't be too well prepar- 
ed for the race, but what is more essential is this. 
When the call comes to 'Go' be sui"e you Go." I may 
add that just as your undue attention to your equip- 
ment may detract from tlie effort you may make, so 
also your very evident handicaps may inspire you to 
greater effort. Matching, "greater effort" against 
"undue attention to equipment" the race is often to 
the one not so well prepared for life's race. A strange 
conclusion for a teacher but a true conclusion never 
the less. 

Following the above line of reasoning, I am re- 
minded of many schools that may be thoroughly or- 
organized for teaching. Their class rooms spacious 
and well arranged. Sufficient materials are there 
ready for use. Crowded classes remind us that this 
is a "large Sunday School." I wonder, however, if 
all start to teach when the signal is given. In many 
instances I fear they never teach but rather are so 
busy "tying their shoes," that when they finally do 
"look up," the race has already been won. We see 
so much that passes for teaching today that we are 
forced to call their phase of our Sunday School work 


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to our attention. After all, our Sunday Schools are 
places where teaching is going- on, or ought to go on. 
That is after all, its only cause for existing. It has 
many by-products, 'tis true, but any organization 
that depends upon its by-products for its existence 
is doomed to failure. The main purpose of our Sun- 
day School is to Teach. 

We are indebted to Theodore E. Schmauk in his 
"How to Teach in Sunday School" for the following 
conclusions relative to the task of teaching. In his 
chapter on "What is Sunday School Teaching" we 
gather these po.nts which may be of use to all of us. 

We are told that to teach is "to instruct the pupil 
in the Word of God and in the things that a Chris- 
tian ought to know. Its purpose is to strengthen 
Christian faith and character, and to prepare the 
pupil for his duties in the Church and in Society. It 
is to help the pupil to fear, love and trust in God 
above all things, and to love our neighbor as our- 
selves." This is no small order for any teacher. 
While it is true that the above definition of teaching 
was just one given by Schmauk, yet were you to of- 
fer one, it would undoubtedly be much the same. Mr. 
Schmauk has just stated it concisely and clearly. If 
this is the actual field of teaching it is quite evident 
that we can not trust completely in our material 
equipment, valuable as it may be. What we need 
is equipment Plus. 

In conclusion we wish to say that this matter of 
teaching is undergoing the same change that is com- 
mon to all other phases of life today. There are 
natural growth. Just as the tree gi'ows, it suffers 
change. This change is very desirable. We desire 
those changes that are the results of normal growth. 

Then again the man comes with his ax and the 
tree is either cut down or trimmed to suit his taste. 
This is a great day for the ax in the hands of men. 
Many old trees in the Garden of God are being trim- 
med to suit the pleasure of man. Teaching in our 
Sunday School is in grave danger at the present 
time. Beware of modern methods of teaching which 
may destroy the Tree of Life. 

The "training the child in the way he should go", 
must never be supjilanted by "allowing the child com- 
plete freedom in self expression." So we end our 
little discussion on a note that were it to be taken 
seriously by many modern educators, would pi'ovoke 
a great amount of discussion and rebuke. However 
it is our desire that any of our Bretiiren teachers 
who may iiave followed us thus far may give serious 
consideration to the "art of teaching." If we are 
permitted to prepare an article for our paper we will 
endeavor to develop this matter of "teaching" a bit 
further. In the meantime may we go back to our 
classes determined to really teach wiien the signal 
is given. 

Worth Thinking About 

stewardship is a way of living with material 
things. It embraces Christian earning. Christian 
saving. Christian spending and Christian sharing. 
The main purpose in the stewardship philosophy is 
not to fill the church treasury, even though there 
will be financial results, but rather to fill life with 
meaning and purpose. Giving is more a matter of 
vision, interest and experience than ability. The 
widow's mite is memoralized because it stands as a 
symbol of the might of the Spirit in human hearts. 

— Gospel Messenger 

"Stir me, oh stir me. Lord, I care not how. 
Stir me in passion for the lost, 
Stir me till the blood-red banner be unfurled, 
O'er lands that still in deepest darkness lie. 
Stir me, oh Lord, Thy heart was stirred." 

Stewardship is a repulsive word to our ears and 
its demands repel us because of our spiritual pover- 
ty. It can only be fittingly manifested in the life 
that is hid with Christ in God. We practice little 
stewardship because we have had little Christian ex- 
perience. — Bernard King. 

If you would be something higher you must yield 
yourself up. 

If you would be what you may be, you must sur- 
render to the Christ. — John E. White, 

Missions have been greatly concerned with the 
task of establishing indigenous churches among the 
various races and national groups of the world. 
These churches are to be rooted in the redeemed life 
of native folk and they are to grow up under the 
guidance and power of the Holy Spirit in terms of 
the genius of those folk. They are to be self-govern- 
ing, self-supporting and self -propagating. This is a 
laudable and important task and needs more fur- 
thering than it now receives. But it is not enough 
merely to scatter indigenous churches in every last 
hamlet. We must also develop fellowship betweer 
tliese churches which is world-wide in its scope am 
unified in its nature. 

— William M. Beahn 


January 18, 1941 


A Layman Views 

The Task of the Church 

By Albert Hartman 

What does God expect of his Church in 1941 ? As 
ve enter upon the activities of the new year, what 
)articular work will we find to do ? In other words, 
vhat is the task which confronts the Church ? Tlie 
inswer is in Acts 1 :8. "Ye shall be witnesses unto 
ne, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Sa- 
naria, and untO' the uttermost parts of the earth." 
^et us hope the answer to our questions will not be 
L disappointment to anyone who may have been ex- 
)ecting something new. The task of the Church 
loes not change with the passing of the years. Christ 
vanted his early disciples to be witnesses unto him, 
md he wants the same of his disciples today, to the 
:nd that souls may be saved throughout the world. 

Now let us not believe that because the task of the 
Church is an old one rather than a new one, that 
here is no room for new ideas or individual initia- 
ive. Quite the contrary is true. The message of 
alvation is an old one, and we would not change it. 
5ut there are various methods of evangelism, and 
hese must needs be changed from time to time, for 
ve are living in a changing world. New programs 
nust be mapped out occasionally. There must be a 
:reater vision tO' inspire us to go ever forward. 
)thei'wise our efforts would become lifeless and our 
iforks would be dead. God wants a live church to 
arry a live message of salvation through a living 
Javiour. Let us be alive and awake to our oppor- 

Every denomination has its own special programs 
i^orked out by its own leaders, and adopted by its 
iwn conferences. The Brethren Church is no ex- 
eption in this regard. Our National Conference and 
ur District Conferences have recently set up certain 
:oals. The preparation of these goals was accom- 
ilished by much prayer and earnest thought on the 
tart of those who were chosen for the work. May 
i'e who are laymen, under the direction of our pas- 
ors as leaders, strive to attain these goals, and work 
ut the programs which have been set for us. In this 
/ay the Brethren Church can work most efficiently 
or the Lord, and have a reasonable part in the great 
fork of the Kingdom wrought by Christian people 
hroughout the world. Particular attention should 
IB given to the missionary and benevolence pro- 
'rams of the church. Also, the special evangelistic 
meetings of each local congregation should have the 
nqualified support of every member. Auxiliary or- 

ganizations of the church must never be neglected. 
The W. M. S. has functioned well throughout the 
years, as has also the Sisterhood organization. The 
men are now becoming better organized in the sev- 
eral districts, and a greater interest is being shown 
in The Laymen's Organization. This effort on the 
part of the Laymen is a most worthy one, and is 
showing results. The loyalty of God's people in any 
locality becomes an inspiration to others, and we can- 
not fully measure the value of our faithfulness to 
Him. We have mentioned only a few of the activi- 
ties of the Church, but this will serve to illustrate 
our point. We do need a greater loyalty on the part 
of all of us, a desire to put God's work ahead of 
everything else. 

If we who profess to follow the Lord will be faith- 
ful to the task assigned to us, not forgetting to put 
first things first, then God can use the Church as a 
living organism for his glory in the world. And the 
Church will continue to stand as a monument to him, 
a real testimony of his goodness and loving kindness. 
Just now, at this crucial time in the history of na- 
tions, people are looking to the Church as offering 
the only hope of an end to their awful trouble. This 
is not an idle thought or an empty dream. In spite 
of atheism abroad, and religious indifference on the 
part of many, the thinking people of the world are 
still basing their only hope on the Christian faith. 
Indeed, if we are to take seriously the utterances of 
the great leaders in the world today, the church of 
the living God has a task which challenges the best 
efforts of its entire membership. Statesmen, educa- 
tors, and those who hold ranking positions in the gov- 
ernments of the world, as well as leaders in religious 
thought, many of these agree that the hope of the 
world is in the Christian religion. They look to the 
Church for the solution of our problems. A few 
have gone so far as to attempt to hold the Church re- 
sponsible for the well being of the world. Several 
years ago, before the outbreak of the present war, 
one great statesman said that no power except the 
influence of Christ and his church could prevent an- 
other world conflict. He further argued that if war 
should come it would be because the church had fail- 
ed in its duty. Most of us do not feel that the Church 
should be blamed, and accused of laxity, because the 
nations are at war. Certain political leaders have 
refused to accept the admonition of God's people. 


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have refused to live up to the ideals advocated by 
the Church. It is manifestly unfair, then, to blame 
the church, and to hold it responsible for the conse- 
quences. But the fact that some men have even so 
expressed themselves regarding the responsibilities 
of the Church, should cause us to take seriously our 
opportunity to influence the world in the right way. 
Many persons will doubtless ask, "What can I do 
toward solving the problems of the world?" or, 
"How can I make my influence felt in any gi'eat 
way? I am only one individual, and my ability is 
limited. Surely my responsibility is small." The 
answer, of course, is that while we as individuals 
may be weak, our combined efforts may have great 

strength. Each of us can help to make our own lo- 
cal church strong. Our local churches working to- 
gether can make a strong denomination. And our 
denomination working in conjunction with other 
denominations can make the Christian religion felt 
as a great power in the world. Do not minimize the 
necessity of giving heed to God's Word. He has not 
commanded any of us to be great, but he does com- 
mand us to be faithful. Brethren, let us take the 
task of the Church seriously. Let us try earnestly 
to fit ourselves into the Lord's program for his peo- 
ple. "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 

Warsaw, Indiana 


Dear Children: 

This morning we are going to talk 
about having our names written in im- 
portant places. The walls of the Tower 
of London are so filled with names that 
it seems nearly impossible to WTite an- 
other name. They wanted to be re- 
membered. I think we all do. 

I want to tell you a true story about 
a little girl who had her picture en- 
graven upon copper. She did not plan 
to do this, and yet her face was in more 
homes in this land than any other. 
lEven the homes of the poorest were 
glad to get it. The rich also rejoiced to 
look in her sweet face. 

If you do not have an Indian head 
penny, a real old penny, perhaps your 
Daddy or Mother would get you one 
from the bank to look at. At first you 
will see the picture of an Indian chief, 
but if you will look closely you will see 
the sweet face of an American girl. 
Her name was Sara Longacre Keen. 
She lived in Philadelphia. One day when 
she was five or six years old. a delega- 
tion of Indians from the Northwest 
visited Washington. They came to see 
the sights of the great Capital and to 
hold a Pow-Wow with the great chief. 
The President. 

After they had spent some time in 
Washington, they visited Philadelphia. 
While here among other places that 
they visited was the United States mint. 
The little girl's father was connected 
with the money factory. He was a 
t;enerous man and invited the Indian 
delegation to some sort of an entertain- 
ment at his house. 

One of the Chiefs had his attention 
attracted to the little Miss. He was so 
pleased by her figure and face and 
maidenly bearing, that in a mood of 
sportiveness, he took off his head-dress 
and put it on her head. This did not 
friffhten the little girl and so she stood 
still for a moment and let the people 

look at her, then they all laughed and 
greatly enjoyed the joke. 

Some one present had an eye for 
beauty, and also artistic skill, and he 
was so struck by the appearance that 
little Sara made in her Indian hat that 
he sketched her on the spot. The sketch 
was engraved by her father. Later on, 
when the Government wanted a new 
face on the new one-cent pieces, they 
chose the engraving, and so little Sara 
Keen's features became the best known 
face in America. 

This is the story of the Little 
Copper-face, and this was the way a 
little Philadelphia girl was remember- 

There is a better way to be remem- 
bered than stamping your face upon 
copper. We could not do this if we 
wished, but we can all be remembered 
by God, if we do his will, and try to do 
our best to serve Him. This is the way 
to engrave our names on His heart. 

There was once a Bible woman by 
the name of Phoebe. We read about 
her in Romans 16:1. She is there call- 
ed "Phoebe, our sister". She is men- 
tioned only once in the New Testament. 
A small matter, you say, to make her 
remembered forever. She did one sim- 
ple little act; yet we are all richer to- 
day because she did it. 

She carried Paul's letter to the Ro- 
man Church, which is now called by 
that name. A great French writer has 
said that Phoebe carried the founda- 
tion .stones of the great temple of 
Christian doctrine. 

This was all she did. We never hear 
anything about her after that act, but 
think what it has meant for the great 
Christian church, and think what it 
means to all Bible readers today! In 
that letter, more than all others, is 
God's grace revealed to us. 

She worked for Jesus in a humble 
way, and in such a simple way that all 

children can follow her example. She 
just carried things for God. She was 
God's errand girl, so her character is 
engraved on the bronze tablet of Bible 

Paul says "I commend unto you 
Phoebe." God \\'ill commend you if you 
do as Phoebe did. Will you look at 
your penny again ? This particular 
penny is a bit rare these days, but the 
banks \vi\\ supply them, and some of 
the older people who have "Savings" 
from other days, will gladly make an 
exchange for it. 

May each of you try to do something 
for God, that He \vill be pleased with 
which He will be pleased. 

With love, in Christ's name. 
Aunt Loretta, 

513 Bowman St., 

Mansfield, O. 

C. E. Topic for Young People 



.Scripture Lesson: John 4:23, 24; 

I Cor. 2:9. 10; John 14:7-10 

Daily Bible Reading 

God Everywhere, Ps. 139:7-12. 

God Real to Enoch, Gen. 5:21-24. 

Reality to God in Trouble, Ps. 46:1-3. 

God Real to Job, Job 42:1-6. 

God's Help in Temptation, I Cor. 10: 

God Revealed in Christ, Heb. 1:1-3. 
For the Leader 

Every person has a god. From the 
most aristocratic society-bitten crea- •■ 
ture in New York's mansions to the 
poorest and lowliest poverty stricken 
man in the slums a god reigns in each 
one's heart. It is too often the case 
that this god is one of "stone" or 
"wood" or other materialistic form. 
The gods consist of pleasure, business, 
money, lands, a prized possession, or 
some other object which receives the 
lOC'r devotion of the person's heart. 
We want to be well informed in this 
matter of gods and be certain that all 
gods of people's hearts are perishable, 

January 18, 1941 


and endure only for the moment. We 
want to be more certain that there is 
a true God. This true God is the only 
God of the Universe and we owe Him 
our total heart's devotion. When our 
heai't's affection is centered on some- 
thing not pertaining to our heavenly 
Father, that thing is an idol. Our God 
made and does govern the entire uni- 
verse, but few people really know Him. 
Our problem in this topic is to learn 
how God can be real to us. 

A GOD. Before God can become real 
to me I must know for sure that He 
does exist. Wlien we see the tragic world 
conditions and the slaughter of many 
innocent people by the war machine, we 
of the carnal mind are inclined to ques- 
tion the reality of a God, and if there 
is one, why He permits such evil to con- 
tinue. When such a condition exists in 
our mind it is a result of lack of faith 
and proper information. To the be- 
liever in Christ who reads his Bible, the 
present day events are not unexpected, 
for the Word plainly foretells that such 
condition shall exist. We cannot view a 
beautiful sunset, the soft snow fall, the 
musical waterfall the roar of the ocean, 
ar the quiet beauty of the countryside 
wathout realizing in our mind that 
there is a true God. God is revealed to 
mankind in two ways: first, in nature, 
and second, through His written Word. 
By a careful study of both of these we 
:an know, without doubt, that God is. 

Many of us take for granted that God 
is, because we have been told so since 
childhood. But if God is to become real 
to me I must know what He is. A young 
girl was once asked to give her im- 
pre.ssions of God. She said, "I imagine 
God to be an old man with a long white 
beard, sitting off in a corner some- 
where, smoking a big cigar." We may 
not imagine God as such, but yet, our 
idea may not be so far away from this 
young lady's conception. God is truly 
3. Person and a Personality as genuine 
and as real as we are, except that His 
Eternal Spirit is not imprisoned in a 
body of flesh such as our is. It is made 
plainer to us when we understand that 
3ur bodies we have are not ourselves, 
but are only houses in which our real 
selves dwell while we live on this earth. 
God is a Spirit, and to know what God 
is, we must worship Him with our 
spirit. Many people try to worship God 
with their bodies only, and this will ex- 
plain why so many of these same peo- 
ple really don't know God. To really 
know Him it takes the worship of our 
•leart and spirit. God can never be- 
-"ome real to us if we try to worship 
ffim bv just living good, and coming to 
Church, etc. But He can be real and 
Personal to us when we seek to kr.ow 
Him and worship Him with both our 
5ody and our soul in spirit and in 

SHIP TO HIM. It is good for us to 
stop for a moment once in a while and 
check up on our relationship to God. We 
know Him to be a Great and Powerful 
Being capable of many things and it is 
only natural for us to wonder what our 
standing is with Him. The relationship 
of our first parents to God was one of 
perfect communion and love. God had 
made them for companionship and fel- 
lowship. Such was the blessed privil- 
ege until sin entered in. God is love; 
with love there is no sin. The God of 
love cannot look on sin. Adam and 
Eve had sinned. God could not look on 
Adam and Eve and they were cast out 
of the garden of Eden. Their rela- 
tionship, and the relationship of every 
human being down to the time of 
Christ and all those since Christ who 
have not been saved by Him, is one of 
separation and condemnation. These 
shall never see God in heaven, but shall 
curse Him forever in Hell. But for 
those who in the time before Christ liv- 
ed by faith, and those since Christ who 
have believed in His redemptive power, 
there is a new and a far more glorious 
relationship with God. As Christians, 
our present relationship with God is one 
of grace and mercy bestowed upon a 
penitent soul through Jesus Christ our 
Savior. The great sin-rift has been re- 
moved and we are certain that we can 
come as close to God as Adam and Eve 
before they were felled by the evil 
workings of Satan. God can truly be- 
come real to us wheii we know our true 
relationship to Him. 

The road to hell is thickly paved with 
people's methods of getting into Heav- 
en. lEvery conceivable plan and idea 
has been tried by men in the hopes that 
such would give them a way into etern- 
al life. But all have failed, except the 
one Way of life which is Jesus Christ's 
redemptive power. And His salvation 
nmst take place in the heart. We may 
have professed Christ, work in the 
church, live a Christian life, and still 
not have Christ in our heart. Sunday 
after Sunday each minister looks into 
the faces of some people who are in 
church only in body. Our Church serv- 
ices are designed for the purpose of 
drawing us closer to God. This means 
that our spirit is to be drawn into clos- 
er communion with Him. We can wor- 
ship God anywhere, but we need the 
church services to give us a deeper de- 
votion to Him which can come only 
from a common communion with other 
Christians. We should aim in every 
Church service to unite our spirits with 
the Spirit of God. Only by this can 
God become real to us. God comes in- 
to OUT hearts and dwells there when 
we receive the redemption of Christ. 
God dwells there. Let us keep our 
heart and life as pure and clean as we 
can, so that it vsdll be a fit dwelling 
place for Him. 

we want a friend to mean more to us 
we attempt to talk to him more, associ- 
ate with him more, and do more things 
for him. In our desire to make God 
real to us we must talk with Him in 
prayer, and let Him talk to us through 
leading His Bible. He will become real 
to us if we will work for Him and as- 
sociate with Him. As Christians we are 
temples of the Holy Spirit, which is 
just the same as saying that God dwells 
in us. We must go about our work and 
duty with the precious thought that 
God dwells within this body of ours, 
and that as such, He is very real to us. 
We must then be very careful that we 
do nothing pertaining to sinful living 
which would mar us as a dwelling place 
for God. We cannot overlook the fact 
that in God being real to us that He is 
a helper and a friend and a companion. 
Our lives will be made easier as we 
know that in times of sorrow or sick- 
ness that God is with us, too. With 
those about us loosing faith in their 
gods, we can keep up hope and assur- 
ance by our trust in our God and by 
our persistent and noble efforts in lead- 
ing other people into this saving knowl- 
edge of Christ. In so doing, we will be 
making God real to them. too. 

From the Bible 

Ps. 13!t:7-12. It is well to note that 
no soul can escape the presence of God, 
for He is everywhere. It is well for us 
to note that no matter where we go or 
what we do, that God's all seeing eye is 
closely watching our every move, our 
every word. Again, it gives us com- 
forting assurance that we cannot drift 
beyond the love and care of our God. 
He is ever ready and at hand to help. 

I Cor. 10:13. We may sometimes 
wonder why as Christians we are 
tempted to sin as we are. God has 
stated in His Word that whom He 
loveth. He chaseneth, so that He might 
know the genuiness of our profession. 
We are made stronger Christians 
through temptation and the resistance 
thereof. God has promised Divine 
Protection through Christ in times of 
temptation. When we do sin we have 
Christ as an Advocate with God, and we 
are forgiven. Thus our life becomes 
(.lie of complete trust and faith in 
Christ. Thus God becomes more real 
to us. 


Discussions help your group to get 
more meaning out of the program. To- 
night have the members give their 
opinions of God and their conceptions 
of what God is. If possible write them 
down and allow plenty of time for the 
other members to discuss them. In- 
vite your pastor in to assist in case the 
issues become too involved theological- 
ly. This is a deep topic tonight and one 
which can be of much value to all. Make 
good use of it. 

W. St. Claire Benshoff, Topic Editor. 




"^ur KOT? 

THE DAYTON CHURCH was first to write in and tell us that they 

I wanted to enforce the new program by doing something special for 

I the denomination and for the Missionary Board in the way of new 

t equipment. We have a Movie Camera now and probably as good 

I a one as money will buy. WHAT CHURCH will come first and 

I help us obtain an equally good projector? Of course you know 

t that half of success depends upon one's ability to recognize the 

+ strategic moment when it arrives. IT HAS ARRIVED. Are you 

^ willing to help your own Church come forward now by answering an 

* important need. You need not have the money immediately for the 

t Board will advance it. 


i you have noticed how many of our Brethren Churches have respond- 
ed to a sreat Missionary Offering for this year's work 


t Brother Pastor, how is your Missionary Faith? Do not let the issue 

:|: '' grow cold in your own church until every organization in it has been 

* gleaned for the Master. If you could read some of the needs, (as 

t we will show them to you when we call at your home or church), you 

% would then know. But don't wait till then. NOW! 


t If you desire your Missionary Board to enter your Church for an 

evening or two of pictures and programs which will reveal to you a 

perspective of the Denomination in its varied and extensive interests, 

we would be glad to have you request such of the office. Your own 

Church is your own assignment to you from your own Master. May 

we come in for an evening or two and show you why we still believe 

in the greatness and importance of The Brethren Church? 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church v. 

Vol. LXIII, No. 4 

Ashland College 

January 25, 1941 


Brethren Evangelist 

"'Who follows in His train . . . ?' 

The wheels of Industry move . . . 

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Phil. 3:14; Exodus 14:1-18 
Our Father, keep us, we pray Thee, 
from satisfaction either with our 
achievements or with ourselves. Fill 
us with a divine discontent, and an 
eager purpose that as long as life shall 
last we will press on toward the goal. 
So far as the past is a hindrance we 
would forget it. Always we would keep 
our eyes lifted to the far off horizons 
of life. May we be obedient to the 
vision splendid that it shall never fade 
into the light of common day. Amen. 

So ought we to pray each day. So 
ought we to look forward to the higher 
and better things of life. 



Gen. 47:11; Matt. 6:1-15 
When the missionaries first went to 
Labrador they found no word for for- 
giveness in the Eskimo language. So 
they had to make one — in a word mean- 
ing : "Not-being-able-to-think-about-it- 
any-more." It was just that sort of 
forgiveness that Joseph gave his 

And that is exactly the way we are 
to forgive those who injure us. Do we 
stop to think what it all means when 
we pray that we be forgiven as we for- 

Too many times we forget that 
when we pray, asking forgiveness, our 
thoughts are far away from those who 
have been sinned against. Careful 
consideration of our relation to those 
about us is our daily duty. Our rela- 
tions should be kept with others as we 
would keep our relations with Him. 



John 20:31; II Tim. 1:1-12 
A botanist found a beautiful plant by 
the wayside. He sat down to analyze 
it. He pulled it apart and examined 
every part of it under the microscope. 
When he had finished he could tell you 
its color, its classification, the number 
of stamens, pistils, petals. . .but the 
life and the beauty and the fragrance 
were gone forever. 

It is thus that many treat the won- 
derful sayings of the Lord, and then 
they proceed to lose the power and the 
fragrance of their lives. They examine 
for the purpose of argument only. 

But — These are written, not that we 
might criticize and dissect, but rather 
that we might believe that Jesus is the 
Christ and, that believing we might 
have LIFE in His name. 



Prov. 4:18; Psalm 1:1-6 
The disciples of Jesus like nothing 
better than to walk with Him and to 
talk with Him. It was here that they 
learned the value of real Christian liv- 
ing. They gave up all to follow Him, 
not knowing where the path would lead 
them, nor what they might find at the 
end of the road. They were sustained 
by his presence. They learned the joy 
of following. It was because of this 
that they were able to keep on and on 
after He had ascended to the Father. 
It was His contant presence that lead 

Day by day we, too, should walk with 
Him; we should talk with Him. With 
Peter we should be able to cry out, 
"Who is he that will harm you, if ye be 
followers of that which is good?" 


Mark 3:20, 21; John 7:5-7 

A Chinese convert once said, "We 
want men with red-hot hearts to tell us 
of the love of Christ." 

Do you know what enthusiasm 
means? It means "God in us." If 
God is in us we may truly claim to be 
enthusiastic. Enthusiasm does not 
necessarily mean that we must be of a 
highly emotional character. But it 
does mean that we must be filled with 
the reality of the Master. Calm, sane 
worship is many times the sign of real 

Make your worship such that it may 
truly radiate the fullness and warmth 
of Christian living. 

To live well is to love well. To love 
means to tell well. Let the whole 
world know that you are in love with 
the Master. "See that ye love one an- 
other with a pure heart fervently." 


Romans 12:1, 2 

A match company advertises one 
brand of matches as having, "no after- 
glow," and, therefore, not so liable to 
cause fire when thrown aside after 
lighting. That suggests, by contrast, 
the fact that there is no afterglow in 
the lives of some Christians whom the 
minister is called upon to bury. They 
were honest and decent enough as 
citizens, and there were some other ad- 
mirable traits in their lives, but there 
was no warm, helpful, cheering "after- 

What is admirable for matches is 
tragedy for character. Is there a glow 
in your life for Him now? If there is, 
then there will be an "afterglow." 

Go out and watch the sunset glow 
tonight. The mo.=;t beautiful of all 
colors come out as the afterglow. So 
with our lives. We should leave some- 
thing that will ever glow. 


Psalm 50:1-15 

In the Taurian Mountains in Austria 
several bells have been mounted be- 
tween posts on one of the gates close 
by a shelter. These bells are nevei 
rung by human hands, and yet the> 
ring loudly and constantly when the 
storm rages on the heights. They are 
rung by the strong, invisible hand oi 
the hurricane and have guided many s 
weary traveler to the safe shelter. 

So in the human heart there are bells 
of prayer that prehaps have been silenl 
for years, but in the raging storms oi 
life they suddenly begin to ring. Are 
you waiting for the hurricane ? 

But why wait for the storms of life 
to rage before we begin to prepare ti. 
meet them ? It is true that every life 
must meet the storm sooner or later 
But if we are fortified to meet it, il 
will carry no terrors for us. 




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Rev. W. E. Ronk 

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There is much truth in the saying, "Strike while 
;he iron is hot." For it is then that it is the most 
phable. It bends to the will of the master crafts- 
man; it yields to the impression of the die; it is 
formed from a shapeless mass into the useful article 
which was first found in the mind of man and 
Tioulded by his adaptation of those things God has 
placed in his hands. 

At our late General (National) Conference, held 

n Ashland last August, the "iron" was placed on 

iphe fire to build a new Publishing Plant. Since that 

i|;ime the heat has gradually whitened the metal un- 

il the time is here to mould the finished product. 

Additional Treatment 

But have you noticed that after the first few 
3lows have been struck that the metal must be re- 
sumed to the fire for further heating ? 
I Now what we need is more fuel to add to the fire. 
This fuel is in the form of DOLLARS and cents. 
Already the first of the fuel is coming in. 

Read this Carefully 

The following letter came to the office a few days 
ago. How our hearts will warm to more such. Here 
t is in full. 

Winnetka, Illinois, 
January 9, 1941 
Brethren Publishing Co., 
Ashland, Ohio 

Herewith are inclosed two dollars 
($2.00) for the renewal of my subscription 
to The Evangelist, and TWO MORE FOR 

Here is a little verse you might tuck 
in a little niche or corner if you think it ap- 

For His Cause, 
((Mrs. A. W.) Annabelle Merrifield. 

And Here is the Verse 

We feel that right here is the corner to "tuck" it 
n. It is entitled, "Supplication", and it is original 
vith Mrs. Merrifield. 

Unclose our eyes, Lord — make us see 

Whatever is, belongs to Thee ; 

And only lent us that we be 

More fitted for eternity. 

It Fits Right In 

It fits right into the picture. After all we need 
to feel that this is God's work. That we are His 
helpers. That by giving to this cause we are ad- 
vancing the work of the Master. 

Ground Breaking 

We feel that if old man "Weather" will just be 
kind to us, that it will not be so long until we will 
be pushing the spade into the earth to "break 
ground" for the new structure. Neither will it be 
so long until The Evangelist will be showing the pic- 
tures of the service of this "ground breaking." 

You Can Help 

Every dollar you send us will make the realiza- 
tion of our plans just that much nearer. Don't for- 
get! We need a gift from every member of The 
Brethren Church. 

Think! What It WUl Mean 

Just think what it will mean to the Publication 
Interests of the church if we are able to pay the en- 
tire cost of the building this year. What a jubilee 
we can have at next General Conference. And think 
how well we will all feel. Above all remember we 
are doing it for the Master's sake. 


Family Altar 2 

While the Iron is Hot>— F. C. V 3 

Experimental Religion — Rev. Claud Studebaker 4 

Goals for Christian Young People — Gilbert Dodds 5 

Young People's Service to the Church — Robert E. Cowan 6 

More Information on Civilian Service 7 

The Church— Rev. J. G. Dodds 8 

What Do You Read ?— F. C. V 9 

Our Sunday Schools— Their Fields and Their Task— 

Dr. W. I. Duker 10 

Interesting Items H 

Our Laymen 12 

Children's Department 12 

Christian Endeavor Topic 13 

Among the Churches 14 

The Brethren Evaxigelisl 




Rev. Claud Studebaker 

I do not have in mind some sort of religion that is 
in the experimental stage, to see whether it is gen- 
uine or not ; but am thinking of a term that is more 
or less familiar with many people. I heard it when 
quite a small lad in meetings where those who were 
saved would tell of their "Experience." These were 
testimonies where people told what sort of an ex- 
perience they had in seeking salvation and what sort 
of an experience they were having at the time or 
whether they had lost their experience and had a 
new one. In these groups, if any one was saved, 
they must kneel at the Mourners Bench and pray 
through, or at some place comparable to it, where 
they agonized until God forgave their sins and they 
had the evidence in their soul that they were saved 
and would get up and testify and probably shout. Be 
it far from me to criticise any method by which 
people come to a knowledge of sins forgiven and that 
they have become a child of the most high God. How- 
ever this matter of an "Experience" has troubled 
many people of true faith. They have been led to 
follow an emotional group to their own ultimate dis- 
couragement and instead of being a step to greater 
faith and gi'owth in grace, it led to confusion. There 
are many, "Full Gospel Missions", "Highway Gospel 
Mission", "Gospel Tabernacle", "Union Gospel 
Tabernacle" in all parts of the country these days. 
Many times they are started by rather irresponsi- 
ble people who are interested in exploiting their own 
leadership, and starting an independent work with- 
out restraint from any organization; and many times 
the result is not for the furthering of the Gospel. 
Many times church people are lured from the church 
under the inducement of a broader and deeper spir- 
itual experience, but quite often the whole project 
ends in a fiasco, and great discouragement of sin- 
cere people. This does not lead to the furthering of 
the Gospel but to confusion. 

When man looks for the evidence of salvation to 
an experience within himself, he need not be sur- 
prised that gross error may result. You would only 
need to explore the testimonies of many cults, isms, 
pentacostals, etc., hear of their experience with God, 

and examine the fruit of their lives and test it bi 
the eternal truth of God's word to easily discern th( 
truth, "The heart is deceitful above all things" (Jer 
17:9). A boasted experience with God and the H0I3 
Ghost may be far afield from God, the Hoi; 
Ghost or salvation. This could easily be proved h] 
many citations. We would take no joy of the Holi 
Ghost, or the "Peace of God which passeth under 
standing" from any individual, but would remind yoi 
that an experience is no evidence of salvation. Fo: 
one to say, he knows he is saved because he has ai 
experience with God in his soul, would admit as evi 
dence the wildest vagaries of the deceitful humai 
heart, prompted by the cunning of Satan. We d( 
have unmistakable evidence of our salvation and i 
brings us an experience of joy. It is the eternal am 
unchanging word of God. The promises of God ii 
his holy word make known to us the only way o] 
salvation. "Great and precious promises: that b] 
these ye might be pai'takers of the divine nature,' 
II Peter 1:4), "Hereby we do know that we knov 
him, if we keep his commandments," (I John 2:2). 
It seems to be quite inherent in man to want Goi 
to give some evidence that His word is true 
Naaman wanted the prophet to speak in his way an» 
"strike his hand over the place". It was not spectaQ, 
ular enough to simply do what the Lord said. Mai 
has ever been so, and it is no wonder today that mai, 
wants God to give him evidence that he can feel i:. 
his heart before he will believe His word. Whe) 
Christ says, "He that believeth and is baptized shaj 
be saved," that should be sufficient evidence to aa 
sure salvation to every one who believes God's worj 
and obeys it. "Repent and be baptized everyone c, 
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission c 
sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost' 
is as much the way of salvation today as it was whe 
uttered by the Holy Ghost through the mouth ( 
God's chosen preacher. Your experience is a fick 
and uncertain thing. God's word is the etern; 
truth. My firm conviction is that Brethren preacl 
ers should emphasize those things which made us 
separate denomination of people. Then our preac) 

uaiy 25, 1941 

dared to reprove those who sought an experience 
;he "Mourner's Bench" rather than doing what 
plain word of God taught. 

'ell them who are wanting an experience of sal- 
ion and evidence that God has forgiven their sins, 
:he messenger of God told Saul of Tarsus when 
was praying, "Why tarriest thou, arise and be 
tized and wash away thy sins." And the Scrip- 
5 tells us he immediately arose and was baptized 
received the Holy Ghost. I am not at all con- 
led about the teaching of theologians and those 
) teach men to agonize in prayer for a new ex- 
ience of God, whether it be in a "surrendered life 

conference" or wherever, I am trying to bring out 
this fundamental truth for which The Brethren 
Church was born and has consistently taught for 
many years, that obedience of the regenerating 
Word and Spirit of God gives the only true assur- 
ance of salvation and leads to a blessed experience 
and great joy. They who seek an experience and 
ignore the plain teaching of God's eternal word may 
be greatly deceived and finally discover "Not every 
one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,. . .but he that 
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." 

Goshen, Indiana 

Goals for Christian 

Young People 

Gilbert Dodds 

t is with pleasure that we present these two pa- 
s which were a part of a very fine service at the 
•k Street Brethren Church at Ashland, on Sun- 
evening, January 12th. The entire service was 
;harge of the young people of the "hill" and was 
I fine devotional character. It truly reflected the 
-itual tone of our College and Seminary. Both of 
se young men are pre-Seminary students, and 
Dodds has won distinction for his college in that 
holds the national title in cross country running, 
ich race he won at East Lansing, Michigan, on 
vember 25th. Which only goes to show that a 
n can be an athlete and a real Christian at the 
le time. — Editor. 

^s I read Paul's letters and come to sections that 
:ak of a race, a goal or a prize to be attained, I 
mot but feel that Paul, although physically weak 
aself, greatly admired those with strong consti- 
ions, which he saw in the Greek athlete of his 
r. With Paul's interest in these athletes and the 
iletic games, combined with his spiritual charac- 
istics, he could see a parallel between the race 
an athlete and the race of life. 

[n preparing for a task or a race we must lay 
ns which we hope to follow, with the goal in 
nd. We cannot be lax or careless in following out 
r plans in the preparation for the task and hope 
achieve success. If our task is working for 
irist, which we should all include in some phase. 

we need daily prayer and devotion. If we omit 
these things our spiritual life becomes lax and the 
temptations and sins that assail us ai'e much harder 
to combat. We need the help of the Lord constant- 
ly in order to fight successfully the flesh and the 
world. We say therefore, it takes a man to be a 
Christian, but anyone can be a sinner. But before 
we can expect God to help us we must first help our- 

In the preparation we have to include first of all 
in our plans, the type of foundation we desire, think- 
ing of the amount of success we hope to achieve. 

Jesus spoke of the houses which were built, one 
on the rock, the other on the sand, as told in Mat- 
thew 7. The one on the rock remained when the 
trials came and the one on the sand was destroyed. 
So it is that our success depends on our foundation. 

We cannot hope to accomplish things witli a rela- 
tively short preparation. There are some who try, 
and think they can run a race with little or insuf- 
ficient preparation. I, myself, was once a victim of 
such folly. And tlien there are some who try to do 
a great work for the Lord on short notice. Some 
call this "over-night religion." The trouble with 
this in many instances is that the religion is also 
short lived, not being well founded. 

While we are preparing we should profit by our 
mistakes and success and constantly strive forward. 
For an individual keeps his soul alive by stretching 

There are some who set their sole idea of success 


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as the amount of material gain they accumulate. 
They live only in the realm of the present. Some 
even live in the glory of the past and fail to consider 
the future and what it may hold. 

In a race those who look back to see how they are 
ranked in comparison with the other runners, un- 
consciously slow down, perhaps only a few tenths of 
a second, but many a race has been lost by such a 
small fraction of time. We may say their founda- 
tion was not good, for if it had been, they would 
have known their ability and have forgotten the 

We may here recall the incident of the children 
of Israel who looked with longing eyes upon the 
past, as related in Exodus 16:3. It was a time of 
hunger for them in the wilderness and they desired 
to be back in Egyptian captivity by the "flesh pots" 
rather on the way to the Promised Land. 

With a good foundation or preparation we begin to 
look more into the future toward a goal. There is 
a goal in everything, yet when we reach what we 
anticipated as the goal we find that in reality it was 
only a stepping stone unto higher and greater pos- 
sibilities. We may be safe in saying that the goals 
on earth are never quite reached. 

Having a goal inspires an individual to press on- 
ward, forward and upward. How often it is true of 
a man who retires from active life to settle down, 
that in a few years, age tells on him. Though times 
and emphases of religion change from age to age, 
the Gospel of Jesus remains the same. 

One consideration of the race is the goal. Som( 
may say that the finish of the race is the goal. I 
is true in a sense. It is the goal that all the run 
ners look forward to in the race, but some look be 
yond it. They use it as a stepping stone to futur( 
fame and glory. 

In all things this can be said as true. If all of u; 
would reach a point where we wei"e contented witl 
our successes and fail to look into the future am 
fail to strive for the future, stagnation would set ii 
and we would soon be called a dead civilization. 

My great-grandfather in his later days talkec 
much of the "old days" when he was young anc 
fought in the Civil War. He cared nothing for th< 
future and little for the present. You need a futun 
outlook on tilings if you expect to gain success. ■ 

For the goals we attain and use as steppinj 
stones for the next goals, we usually receive sonif 
token of success. It may be a medal, a watch or i 
crown; or in some instances money. These may b( 
termed "corruptable crowns" of which Paul spokt 
in I Cor. 9:2.5. They have no eternity. Theii 
glamour soon vanishes. These are merely valut 
gained for the present. 

Other prizes, the lasting prizes, are the spiritual 
They are timeless for they are of eternity. 

We all can work together as well as individuallj 
with one heart, one mind, one living soul, and keei 
in mind "to press on toward the goal unto the prizf 
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 

Young Pcople^s Service to the Church 

Robert E. Cowan 
Pre-Seminary student in Ashland College 

"If any man would come after me, let him deny 
himself, and take up his cross and follow me." — 
Matt. 16:24. Thus spoke our Lord unto His dis- 
ciples. These words clearly teach us what Christ 
expects his followers to do. We must crucify self 
on the cross and follow Christ wherever he leads, 
no matter what the cost. 

Let us observe that which inspires and gives us 
zeal to work for our Lord. First, permit me to re- 
call to your memory this great truth, "For by grace 
are ye saved through faith; and that not of your- 
selves: it is the gift of God."— Eph. 2:8. Since sal- 
vation is the gift of God, we should, out of grati- 
tude, serve our Lord. For "freely ye have received, 
freely give." Christ also commands that we work. 
"Son go work today in my vineyard." And again, 
"Ye shall be witnesses unto Me." 

The world sorely needs the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. For even "the Son of Man came not to W 
ministered unto, but to minister, and to give Hii( 
life a ransom for many." Shall we not pause anff 
remember that a Christian is one through whos» 
mind Christ thinks; through whose voice ChrisI 
speaks; through whose heart Christ loves, and 
through whose hands Christ helps. 

Possibly one of the first questions a youth ask 
is, "Where is my place of service in the church? 
Let me say first that God's vineyard is not crowd 
ed, "for the laborers are few." I firmly believe wit! , 
Paul that we need to "stir up the gift of God whic' 
is in us." I believe we should use the talents an 
abilities that God has placed in our hands for ac 
vancing His kingdom. "And He gave some apes 
ties ; and some, prophets ; and some, evangelists ; an 

anuary 25, 1941 

ome, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of 
he saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edi- 
ying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the 
nity of faith, and to the knowledge of the Son of 
lod, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the 
tature of the fullness of Christ." 

We young people can lead souls to Christ. There 
re relatives and friends to be led to Christ. There 
re sick rooms, hospitals, and homes of suffering 
/here we can take the Gospel of peace and joy. 
:here are naked to be clothed and hungry to be fed. 
lany are they who dwell in our prisons and jails 
/ho need the Christ who died for them. We can 
erve by backing our missionaries with prayer and 
esources, by singing in the choir, by teaching a 
lunday School class, by leading in singing, playing 
a the orchestra, and bringing new ones to church. 
Ve can raise our children in the fear and admoni- 
ion of the Lord, thus keeping the ranks of Chris- 
ian workers filled. Students can fill the pulpit 
/hen the need arises. We can let our "Light so 
hine before men, that they may see our good works 
,nd glorify our Father which is in heaven." 

We must press toward the mark for the prize of 
he high calling of God in Christ Jesus. May we 
,11 live such a life that our Lord shall say, "Well 
lone thou good and faithful servant." 

Ashand, Ohio 

By Grace Hileman Miller 

There are many people who tithe because they 
eel that the Bible means that tithes are due to 
Jod (Gen. 28:22; Lev. 27:30; Prov. 3:9; Mai. 2:8), 
md that it is their duty as Christians to give a tenth 
)f their income to the work of the Lord. 

However, there are many types of tithers. Some 
iithe their gross and some their net income; some 
ceep tithing records in a general or haphazard sort 
)f manner while others carefully set aside a tenth 
)f all earnings and conscientiously budget it to var- 
ous lines of religious work. 

Comparatively few people give much more than a 
;enth, feeling that the tenth is duty and that they 
ire not really giving until they give more than the 
;ithe. Again, a certain Bible teacher decided that 
the Jews gave about one-fifth all told and feels that 
tie should do the same in order to really give. 

Some people of limited income feel they cannot af- 
ford to tithe because they need more than nine- 
tenths themselves. Others feel that they cannot af- 
ford to miss the blessing which tithing brings, while 
yet others feel the tenth is not theirs, but belongs to 
God. A striking example of the latter was told re- 
cently by an American Sunday School Union mis- 

sionary who called on a fellow laborer who was hard 
hit by the depression ; however, he handed the mis- 
sionary ten cents, stating as he did so, that this 
was his tithe for two months. The missionary urged 
him to keep the money, feeling that he needed it, 
"No, no," exclaimed the tither, "that is not mine; 
it belongs to God, I would be robbing him by keep- 
ing that money." The missionary accepted it and is 
telling the story to congregation after congregation. 
What difference would it make if every member 
of the Brethren Church followed the example of the 
man who gave the missionary the dime, insisting 
that it belonged to God? — Gospel Messenger. 



























More Information on 
Civilian Service 

Some few weeks ago, the Church of the 
Brethren voted to offer the privilege of en- 
trance into their Civilian Camps to young 
men of other Brethren bodies, who might 
choose Civilian service rather than non- 
combatant service under military control. 
Such Civilian camps would be under church 
control and supervision. Therefore, your 
committee feels the following information 
should be given. 

In order to study this question and broad- 
en our shoulders, a form letter was sent to 
twenty officials, leaders, and young men of 
our church. After a study of those rephes 
which came to us, the committee still holds 
its original position, with respect to the 
camps under church control and supervision; 
that in case, there are men who feel Civilian 
service is more nearly consistent with their 
belief than non-combant service under the 
military — such men may be inducted into 
Civilian service camps of some other church 
and be financed by themselves, their friends 
or their local churches. Details and policies 
fa-e not yet in our hands for such camps. 
The Peace Committee, 

E. M. Riddle, Secretary. 

P. S. This is our second notice to those 
who may be judged "insincere" and to those 
who may desire to appeal their case, if there 
are any. Your name with as much informa- 
tion as possible must be sent to your Secre- 
tary, if you want assistance. Failure to co- 
operate at this point may bring difficulties 
and suffering later. 

Louisville, Ohio. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


The Editors Speak 


Rev. J. G. Dodds 

The church is described in Scripture as a body, the 
body of Christ, and it is not a case of mere analogy. 
The church stands to Jesus Christ in the same rela- 
tion as a man's body does to his personal self. He is 
not in any way dependent upon the church for exist- 
ence, not even in His human nature, far less in His 
Divine, yet the church is necessary to the fulness of 
His incarnate life. The union between Christ and 
the church is so real that the two together make up 
a single entity. HE is not His whole self without 
the many members who are joined to Him. The 
Scripture speaks not only of Christ as a gift to the 
church, but of the church as performing a corres- 
ponding function for Christ. He wears a bodily pre- 
sentment upon earth, which expresses Him and is 
identified with Him. Clothed in it. He acts and 
speaks among men still. It is a true body, with a 
clear and visible and well defined outline, as well as 
with a strong differentiation of its parts, and an or- 
ganic bond between them. That BODY is His 
Church. It is not enough to say that she represents 
Him, for a representative has a personal life apart 
from him who is represented. But the church has 
no life apart from Him. It is His life which animates 
her, and which forms the bond between her various 
members. It is His Spirit which inhabits the church, 
and creates within her an identity of consciousness 
with His own. As the Apostle said, "We have the 
mind of Christ" . . .that is, we not only have feelings 
and views of life like His, but we think His own 


The One who founded the church spoke about it 
being "a Light," He must have intended it to be the 
business of every member to radiate that Light, so 
that the first duty and function of every church is 
to give light, that is, "to bear witness." Jesus speaks 
to His disciples today as He did to them of old, "Ye 
shall be witnesses unto Me." How many members 
in our churches are bearing witness today? The 
true reflection of the church is seen not in the min- 
istry, but in its average membersliip. It is the mem- 
ber who makes the church, just as the citizen makes 
the nation. 

The membership has somewhat forgotten that the 
church exists to promote soul growth and to develop 
moral character, for the bringing of the individual 
into contact with the Master of all life. That is the 
primary function, the reason for its existence, and 
yet when a pastor majors on this he is accounted 

narrow and a back number, out of touch with mod- 
ern times. The average membership needs a heavy 
inoculation of genuine religion, a religion that is dy- 
namic with life and it will get such religion by a real 
return in heart and mind to God who is the Source 
of all true life and real living. When a man has 
seen God he can never be the same again. 

It is every Christian's duty to work for the recla- 
mation of character — to leave the ninety and nine 
sheep that are safe in the fold and go out after the 
one sheep that is lost. We need to fill our hearts 
with deep compassion for those who are fallen by 
the wayside, and hasten the reclamation of charac- 
ter, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

To expect the realization of perfect holiness 
throughout the church on earth is as vain as to ex- 
pect the realization of perfect oneness or perfect 
knowledge. One great aspect of the church would 
be destroyed if none were admitted into her fellow- 
ship till they were finished saints. No deliberate 
consent of the church has ever been given to any 
sinful thing. Every movement towards improved 
morality has had its origin in her recognized doc- 
trine of right and wrong. She may have been mis- 
represented many times by the men who publically 
stood for her. But the aim and intention of the 
church was always to maintain and diffuse holiness, 
and to save men from their sins. 

Marks Of Vitality 

It has always been the conviction of the church 
that the Scriptures are not only trustworthy, but 
that they are complete and all-sufficient. The edu- 
cation and development of that which is scriptural 
and primitive is a mark of vitality. The fields of 
Holy Scripture, though ploughed over for so many 
centuries, are still as fertile as if they were virgin 
soil, and every century teaches the church how she 
may expect from them larger and larger harvests. 
The lines of doctrinal advance is like the gi'owth of 
a living thing; never losing its identity, and always 
preserving its proportions, ever gaining an increase 
of solidity and strength and endurability. 

The true disciple of Christ will recollect that he 
has to join a society of adventurous guessers af- 
ter the Truth, but a society which is already in pos- 
session of the truth, and is Divinely commissioned 
to preach it. The preaching of the Word of God is 
among the appointed means of grace. It was dis- 
tinctly ordained by Christ Himself. He said, 
"Preach the gospel to the whole creation." And 
again He said, "The sayings that I have spoken un- 
to you, they are spirit and they are life." There is 

January 25, 1941 

a sense in which all the means of grace depend for 
their efficacy upon preaching. Without faith they 
are received in vain; and "faith cometh by hearing, 
and hearing by the Word of God." There is a spe- 
cial power in the solemn and authorative utterance 
of the Living Voice in the church. 

The Challenge 

Union with our Lord Jesus Christ is the first thing 
absolutely necessary to salvation. None of the 
eharacterististic blessings of the Gospel; sanctifica- 
tion, Divine knowledge, eternal life, or any other — 
are promised to any except "in Christ." Only a 
measure of repentance and faith can be given to us 
before we are united to Him. 

Without faith on our part and without obedience 
to His will, our union with Christ remains inopera- 
tive, but our faith does not constitute the union. 
Faith and obedience are needed to make the union 
rec-procal, fruitful in all good things for which the 
anion is established ; but faith by itself, or obedience 
alone, would be incompetent to put us into that 
union. It is the act of Christ Himself, not ours. 

One of the first acts of our Lord after He rose 
from the dead was to inaugurate the church. The 
church is His Body, here and now, a compact and 
united body of men through which He works upon 
the world. The joint cry of the Christian God and 
the Christian man is to transform the mind and 
world, and let the Holy Spirit of God fire it with 
character of the world. The cry is: Let an honest 
purpose take possession of the perverse will of the 

I rejoice that I am a member of The Brethren 
Church which exalts the Bible, the whole Bible, and 
nothing but the Bible, for the whole world ; and chal- 
lenges me "to observe all things whatsoever He has 
commanded us" when He said in I John 2:5, "Whoso 
keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God 
perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him." 

Smithville, Ohio 


What papers and magazines come to your home? 
And when they come do you really read them? And 
if you do, what part of the paper or magazine draws 
your attention first? Some will turn to one phase 
of the news ; some to another. Some are attracted 
by the headlines ; others by the body of the articles. 
No matter what interests you, you turn to it almost 
involuntarily. And if you do not find the thing 
there you are looking for you are disappointed. 

Now take your Church Paper for example. When 
it comes what do you read first? We have made 
some inquiry and many have answered, "The news 
that comes from the churclies." They want to know 
what the other churches are doing — right up-to-the- 
minute news. Not what you did last year, but what 
you did last week. Therefore we are inaugurating 

A New Department 
and we are calling it POST CARD NEWS. It is sur- 
prising how much of a report you can get on a gov- 
ernment postal. A special service; an advance pro- 
gram; an interesting event; a victory won; a life 
dedicated to the ministry; an organization function 
— any number of church "doings" that will not only 
report your program, but that may give some other 
church an idea with which to meet a need or plan a 
program. And the best part of it all is that it is 
right up-to-date. 

When WiU It Start? 

That depends on YOU ! The sooner you begin 
sending in your post cards to The Evangelist the 
sooner we can begin publishing the contents. We 
will begin as soon as the first one comes in. WHO 
WILL IT BE? Pastor? Sunday School Superin- 
tendent? Secretaries of organizations? Anyone 
who has a bit of interesting information to send is 
urged to do so. We will watch for your response. 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Publication Day Offering 

Represents less than one-third of a cent a day 
through the year. 

Think it over Act on it 


The Brethren Evangelist i 




The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 


General Secretary 

Our Sunday Schools -- 
Their Field and 

Their Service 

Dr. W. I. Duker 

Ever since The Brethren Church has been organ- 
ized as such, there has been a Sunday School move- 
ment. In many instances it has been a very defin- 
ite school and in all too many cases it has just been 
a "movement". It seems to be extremely difficult 
to bring the work along until it really fills the field 
and assumes the task desired by those who first gave 
it birth and of those who recognize its task. As 
long as each individual Sunday School is an independ- 
ent unit within itself and fits into no greater unit 
with a certain precision, just so long will each go 
on in its separate way and just so long will the move- 
ment as a whole fail to reach any definite goal. When 
our local Sunday Schools all become a part of a great- 
er school, under close supervision and co-ordination 
of methods and results, then only may we hope to 
really enter and hold the field given us by our found- 

It may be said without contradiction among Chris- 
tian people, that the Sunday School has more to of- 
fer tlian the public schools. That, with which we 
deal, is eternal and has to do with eternity. IT 
SHOULD BE FOR ALL PEOPLE. Our field is as 
wide as the world. There is no group nor vicinity 
that should not become a part of our district. Until 
we include all people, we should be really actively ag- 
gressive in enlarging our interests. In the public 
school that is so keenly felt that laws have been 
passed making it mandatory that all children be- 
tween certain ages attend school. Of course we can 
not operate in that manner but what have we of 
equal force to take tbe place of that element in the 
Sunday School ? 

So, first of all, this year of 1941 ought to find us 
increasing our activity in reference to our field of 
effort. It is all too easy for us to take our given field 
in a local church as our actual field of endeavor and 

give our attention to our TASK and forget our 
FIELD. If there ever was a time when the Breth- 
ren Sunday School should enlarge her vision it is 
NOW. We ought to have pioneers in the Sunday 
School. If we can't have more LEWIS AND 
CLARKS, let us at least have a few Daniel Boones. 
These men, you will remember did not settle and de- 
velop the land, they just explored it. Some pioneers 
just walk through new territory and let others fol- 
low and develop the same. All too often the pioneer 
spirit is cramped by an insistance that nothing is 
done in these fields. 

Daniel Boone did httle, save fiind new fields and 
fight the Indians, still he lives in the history of 
America as one of our leading pioneers. Others fol- 
low where brave men lead. When new fields are 
found and emphasized, others will follow after and 
see possibilities never before dreamed of. BUT 
If in the year that lies before us we can but find new 
fields, we shall have advanced our Sunday School 
cause not a little. We feel quite convinced that the 
desire to completely exhaust any given field has 
closed our eyes to many new fields quite within our 
given tei'ritory. 

And now with the new year just before us, may we 
think a bit relative to our task. May we ask our- 
selves relative to this matter? Do all workers know 
just what we are supposed to do? Just what are we 
to do after we have our field and our place in this 
same field? Does our indicated task allow of no 
divergence of effort ? Are we sufficiently acquaint- 
ed with our task to give it intellegence and direc- 
tion? When I find manual after manual on each 
separate subject in our public schools indicating the 
task in that particular field, when I find need, after 
spending forty years in teaching any given subject, 
in directing my mind to the task before me — then I 

January 25, 1941 


am sure that more time must be spent in outlining 
our task in the Sunday School field. WE TAKE SO 
MUCH FOR GRANTED. As the result of this, men 
and women go out into the world illy prepared for 
the battle of Christian living. I am quite conscious 
of all that so called "THEOLOGIANS" may have to 
says at this point, but nevertheless the lives of men 
and women today still stand as a mighty challenge 
to an increased consciousness of our task in the field 
of Christian education. When men insist that the 
only task of the Sunday School is in the field of 
evangelism, then we point to the lives of men and 
women who have supposedly passed this acceptance 
and note in all too many instances the barrenness of 
all Christian graces. We will gladly agree that a 
child must be born in our natural life but immediate- 
ly after his birth must come a world of education 
and training if he is to grow and develop into such 
a man as his mother would have him to be. Equally 
is it true that immediately after our "RE-BIRTH" 
there must come a delightful growth and develop- 
ment that will be the natural result of feeding and 
training in the SUNDAY SCHOOL. 

All that we have attempted to say in this article 
is that we must necessarily give careful, prayerful 
consideration to the field and task of our Sunday 
Schools of today. There is grave danger of allowing 
our schools to degenerate into social centers or con- 
venient gatherings of our church people. Often the 
spirit is so far from the atmosphere of reverence and 
worship that were we gathered on another day and 
at another place we would not have the respect of 
the general public which we now enjoy. It is our 
desire that Brethren Sunday Schools become more 
and more places where boys and girls, men and wo- 
men find the Lord Jesus and learn to know Him. 
When our knowledge of Him is of such a nature that 
we not only know "Of Him" but become "Like Him." 
When our lives reflect the Lord Jesus then we may 
be sure that we "KNOW HIM." 

If the Brethren people in the days to come may 
become more Christ-like and go about helping others 
to know Him and obey Him, then and then only may 
we feel that there is a continued place for BRETH- 
REN in the world today. If our task today is ful- 
filled in the work of teaching about Christ, in caus- 
ing others to be able to discuss fluently of the vir- 
tues of Christ but fail to reflect these same Christ 
like virtues, then our task is simply a multiplication 
of a number of other groups that clutter the field of 
Christian effort today. May we highly resolve to 
enter the Sunday School field of today with ideals so 
high and so pure that out of it shall come a new and 
purified atmosphere of Christian living. IF 

Shipshewana, Indiana 


ESTING ITEM. We quote below as taken from the 
columns of the Peru Tribune. "County Auditor Walter Shinn 
has a Sunday School record of great significance as a result 
of his continuous service of thirty years as Superintendent 
of the Loree Brethren Sunday School. Recently he was re- 
elected superintendent for the thirty-first time. Since 1910 
IVIr. Shinn has missed only one re-election, that being in 1911 
when he and Mrs. Shinn visited in California. His activity 
in the church in his community is well known, particularly 
to the members of the congregation, and the work he has 
unselfishly done has been appreciated by the members of the 
church. An explanation of his continuous service is his own 
statement that he thoroughly enjoyed the work and that the 
fellowship was invaluable to him." 

WE CALL YOUR ATTENTION to the little article from 
Brother E. M. Riddle found on page 7 of this issue. If you 
are touched with this particular proposition, please write 
him for further information. 

different phases of Sunday School emphasis appears on page 
10. Brother Duker is always "good reading" and his article 
this week is very timely. We commend it to you for deep 

ARE FOUND IN The Evan,gelist this week. There were a 
number that should have appeared last week but because of 
the Missionary appeal they were laid aside. Each one speaks 
of real progress. 

not read the little article on "What Do You Read " found 
on page 9, will you now turn to it and read it carefully? If 
you have read it, please read it again. We cannot impress 
upon you too strongly the importance of this. Let us all 
help to make The Evangelist a real "News" paper. lEven if 
we get two or three post cards containing the same infor- 
mation it will make no difference. We will be sure to have 
it. And best of all, your church will find its place in our 
new column: Who will be the first to send in the card? 
Remember, it can be Sent for a Cent. 

REPORTS in this issue. We believe that if all the men of 
the church would get the inspiration from them and do like- 
wise, there would be a very rapid advance in the work of the 
Laymen as well as that of the women. For there is just as 
fine an opportunity for the men to do a great work for the 
church as the women have found. 








Spirituality is to the heavenly citizen what 
sophistication is to the earthly. The sophis- 
ticate knows his way around on this earth, 
while the spiritual know their way around in 
heavenly things. For the sophisticate to 
scorn the spiritual one is for the serf to spurn 
the king. Or so it seems to me. 

The Mentor. 





The Brethren Evangelist 

Our Laymen j 


A report of the Layman's work of the 
Berlin Brethren Church has been re- 
quested by our National Layman's 
president. We are glad to comply with 
this request, not that we have so many 
things to report, but that we might 
lend our influence and fellowship in our 
greater national work. 

We have recently elected the follow- 
ing officers: — Pres., Lloyd Bird; V. 
Pres., D. Jay Musser; Sec, John H. 
Glessner; Treas., J. Jacob Buechley; 
Teacher, the pastor; Asst. teacher, 
Prof. A. B. Cober. Our retiring Presi- 
dent, J. Wesley Ross, served us in an 
excellent manner the past year. 

Our organization further has the fol- 
lo\\'ing commissions: — (Executive, De- 
votional, Evangelistic, Missionary, 
Stewardship, Publication and Fellow- 
ship. Four of these commissions. De- 
votional, Evangelistic, Stewardship and 
Missionary each have the responsibility 
of choosing and circulating among the 
members of the organization a reading 
circle book, upon some subject appropri- 
ate to the function of their commission. 
With the exception of the Executive 
Commission the other six commissions 
are responsible to prepare and lead 
each, two monthly meetings a year. 
These meetings prove stimulating, in- 
teresting and profitable. They are gen- 
erally held simultaneously with the W. 
M. S. of our church. This because, be- 
ing a country village church, our men 
generally take the ladies to their place 
of meeting and are naturally gathered 
together. This affords convenience and 
profit for all. 

The Executive Commission aside from 
appointing the personnel of the com- 
missions, other than itself, composed of 
the elected officers, have the responsi- 
bility of making the Father and Son 
Banquet program. (The Fellowship 
for this occasion.) This last October 
Commission always provides the meal 
Brother Harry Darr, head of the Safety 
Department of The Bethlehem Steel 
Corporation, and member of The First 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., 
brought a very interesting and helpful 
lecture to 107 men and boys on the sub- 
ject, "Safety First." This is an an- 
nual affair with us and looked forward 
to with anticipation. The Executive 
Commission also is charged to secure 
special musical and Bible lecture talent 
from time to time, when such talent is 
available for an evening program. This 
last August 12, we secured the Jubilee 
Singers, a group of seven colored sing- 
ers, from Chicago. This commission al- 
so chooses twelve books of the Bible 

and encourages the reading of a booiv 
a month. A good number of the men 
accomplish the reading of these books 
each year. Some read the Bible 

Another project fostered by our or- 
ganization this last year was to take a 
group of our Boy's and Young Mens' 
Brotherhood to Johnstown, to hear 
Gipsy Smith tell his life story while he 
was there in an evangelistic campaign. 

This Layman's Organization is the 
Men's Bible class of our Sunday School. 
The men appreciate their class session 
each Sunday morning as well as their 
monthly meetings. 

We have many more men in our 
church we are striving to interest both 
in our Sunday School class sessions as 
well as the complete work of our organ- 
ization. But some are slow, some do not 
appreciate their opportunities and some 
are indifferent. However, we are de- 
lighted with the interest of the men, 
and are encouraged to keep up the good 

We wish more men of the Brethren 
Church everywhere would interest 
themselves more in what the National 
Layman's Organization stands for and 
in what the men and leaders of this or- 
ganization are seeking to accomplish. 
John H. Glessner. 

Goshen, Indiana 

The Northern Indiana Laymen 
Brotherhood met at the Nappanee 
Church on Monday, December 9, 1940. 
The ladies of the church served a fine 
supper to 209 men from the churches 
of northern Indiana, including seven 
guests. A fine musical program was 
presented with Max Miller in charge. 
Galen Roose led the devotions. Then a 
very fine talk was given by J. Raymond 
Schutz, North Manchester pastor and 
President of the Standard Life Insur- 
ance Company of Indiana. 

A collection was taken for the Nat- 
ional Organization and a check is en- 
closed for $35.00 the sum of the collec- 

The present officers, Charles Gill, 
President, Sam Sharp, Vice Pres., Dart 
K. Bemenderfer, .Sec. -Treas., were re- 
elected for another year. The next 
meeting was announced for the Goshen 
church on March 3, 1941. 

Prof. Schutz spoke on World Condi- 
tions, and Subversive Influences, stating 
that the way to fight the "fifth column" 
was to strengthen the other four col- 
umns, the home, the church, the school, 
and the government. 

Dart K. Bemenderfer, 

Sec.-Treas. Northern Indiana Laymen 


Dear Children: 

I wonder how many of you like to 
wait patiently for something that 
Daddy or Mother has for you? This 
morning we will have a story about a 
little girl who did not like to wait 

We will use Psalm 27:14 "Wait on 
the Lord," for our Bible verse. 

Once there lived a father in a little 
country town, far back from the great 
city and its wonderful streets and 
shops, who said to his little girl that 
it was his plan to go to the city after 
things, and that he would take her 
with him if she cared to go. Of course 
she was full of glee as she thought of 
the wonderful things she would see in 
the great windows of the city shops. 
Her father had planned to purchase 
for her a beautiful doll, but kept the 
thought to himself so it would be a 
glad surprise to May. When they 
reached the city. May's eyes were open 
wide, and like all little girls and boys, 
she wanted lots of things at once. As 
she and her father passed through the 
SCI eels. May's eyes fell on a large box 
on the outside of a toy shop filled with 
a large number of cheap little dolls. 
Thev were made of celluloid, and only 
cost a few pennies. Her father said. 

"Wait, dear little May, I will get you 
a doll by and by." But May would not 
wait. She wanted the little painted 
doll now. Her father said, "I promise 
you that you shall have a doll, dear, 
before we go home. Just be patient 
and wait. Father knows best." At 
this denial May grew angry and said, 
"You don't love me, father or you 
would get me what I wanted. I won't 
wait, I want this doll." And as she 
said this, she took one out of the box, 
held it tight in her hand, stamped her 
foot, and said she was going to keep 

The father desiring to teach her a 
lesson, said, "Well, May, if you know 
best and better than your father, who 
loves you, you may keep the doll. I 
will pay for it. You need not wait for 
a doll any longer; it belongs to you 
now." Now May thought on her ways 
and said, "I wish I had not been so 
naughty about it. Dear father was 
good and kind to me and I was hate- 
ful to him." She was silent but 
thoughtful, when her father stopped 
before a window of the toy shop, and 
there in the window was a beautiful 
doll. Her father said, "Look, little May, 
there in the window is the doll I in- 
tended to purchase for you if you had 

January 25, 1941 


waited for me to get to this shop. I 
intended to surprise you. That was 
the reason I did not tell you, but since 
you would not wait, or trust your 
father's word, I will not purchase it for 
you, but you must be contented with 
the doll you have, the doll you said 
you would have. And so the doll you 
would not wait for will stay in the 
window. It cannot be yours. My little 
May must learn that father knows best 
and that it will always pay to wait for 
father's time." 

It was a hard lesson for May to 
learn, but that day she said to her self, 
"Father knows best. I will wait for 
his time, because it is the best time." 
This is how May lost her beautiful doll. 

There is a lesson in this story for 
each of us. God has a plan for our 
lives. We must wait patiently for Him 
to work it out. If we seek our own 
way our lives will be full of disap- 
pointments and sorrowful failures. If 
we will do only the things that we are 
sure Jesus would have us to do. He 
will take care of the things we are un- 
certain about. If there is any doubt 
at all, then it is time to wait patiently 
and let God take care of it. It is like 
the little boy who held his white shirt 
up for his mother to look at and tell 
him whether or not it was clean enough 
to wear. His mother told him that if 
there was any question about it, he 
must not wear it. So it is, when we are 
trying to decide whether God would 
have us to do a certain act. If there 
is a question about it, we should wait 
patiently until we are sure. When we 
ask for His help He always gives it. 
We must wait for God's time. It is the 
best time. It will bring us to the best 
of everything. 

If you boys and girls enjoy these 
letters and wish them to continue, will 
you please write to me and let me 

With love, in Christ's name. 
Aunt Loretta, 

513 Bowman St., 

Mansfield, Ohio. 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

For January 26, 1941 



Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 2:19-22; 

I Tim. 4:12-14 

Daily Bible Readings 

Christ, The Foundation, Matt. 16:15- 

Diversified Responsibilities, I Cor. 

Christ, The Cornerstone, Ps. 118:22, 

Holiness Becometh the Church, lEph. 

An Ideal Social Order, Acts 2:42-47. 

Christ, The Head, Col. 1:16-18. 

For the Leader 

Many times we have no doubt won- 

dered why there are so many different 
denominations and what their differ- 
ences are. With Christ there is no such 
organizations as denominations. As 
Christians, we are all members of His 
one Church. Denominations are a re- 
sult of our finite weaknesses. Men and 
women in their social activities are 
bound to differ. Sometimes these dif- 
ferences reach such a peak that even 
Christians cannot agree on matters 
pertaining to church worship and Bibli- 
cal interpretation. It is under such cir- 
cumstances that new denominations are 

Any denomination, if it is to continue 
to exist as a denomination, must instil 
into the hearts of its young people the 
doctrines and beliefs and history of its 
organization. We, the Brethren youth, 
must learn more about our beliefs so 
that we will know why we are Breth- 
ren. We cannot hope to do all of this 
in one hour tonight, but must endeavor 
on our own part to learn what our de- 
nomination stands for and then get 
back of our Church Program 1007r. 


lieve that the Bible is the revelation of 
God given to us by Him through the in- 
spired writings of men. As we are the 
children of God, and living on this 
earth we would naturally look for some 
means whereby He could instruct us in 
the ways of life. We find all this ad- 
vice in the Bible. We believe that as 
we read, study and practice the prin- 
ciples of life as given to us by Christ 
in the Bible, that we will be living our 
lives as nearly Christ-like as it is hu- 
manly possible for us to do. 

Our interest, then, should center on 
the great teachings of the Bible in re- 
gards to salvation through repentance 
and baptism, observance of feet-wash- 
ing and the common meal at the Com- 
munion service, the imminent return of 
Christ for all believers. His coming to 
earth to bring peace and to set up His 
kingdom, the reality of Hell for the un- 
penitent, and the assurance of heaven 
for the believers in Christ. 

Every day as we walk among our 
friends and school mates we will hear 
many false ideas concerning being 
saved, going to heaven, the coming of 
peace, etc. When our heart and mind 
are filled with the true teachings of the 
Bible in regards to these present day 
problems, there will be no danger of us 
being led astray into false beliefs. 


If we were given the chance to take one 
part of the Bible and throw it out as 
being non-essential to our present ex- 
istance, which part would it be ? Some 
people have taken the parts referring 
to hell out of their personal Bible. We 
cannot do that because these parts are 
put there to warn us of hell. Others 
have taken the creation story out of 

their Bible because they consider it im- 
possible for God to create the world as 
He did. Still others have taken the 
blood of Christ from their Bible be- 
cause they would sooner try to work 
out their salvation in their own way. 
God tells us that this cannot be done. 
In many other ways, church members 
have torn their personal Bible apart to 
suit their own beliefs. 

But God gave us the Bible, inspired 
and complete, and we dare not tamper 
with it. The whole Bible is meant for 
our use. As the Bible so states, so 
should we believe. And we must not 
always be willing to take another per- 
son's word for what the Bible says, but 
we should investigate and read it for 

Many people do not like parts of the 
Bible because it tells the truth and 
shows them in their true color. But if 
God has given us this Bible as our 
Guide-book, we should be willing to ac- 
cept all it has to say. We erring 
Christians need the admonitions and 
corrections which the whole Bible gives 
us. The Brethren Church stands for the 
whole Bible; our duty is to study the 
whole Bible in order to enrich our lives 
as true Brethren. The whole Bible 
means every book, chapter, and verse. 
As we study, our lives, our Church 
and our Christian influences will in- 
crease in power. 


BIBLE. When the early Church was 
organized following the day at Pente- 
cost it is said that the members went 
everywhere preaching the Word. They 
had no self-made creed or covenants 
which new converts were required to 
live by. Christian living and church 
membership was dependent on the 
teachings of the Bible. Later years 
saw the coming of man-made creeds 
and rituals which became the "law and , , 
order" of the particular church sub- 
scribing to it. The Brethren Church 
was organized with no creed except the 
authority of the Bible. It continues so 
until this day, and we young people 
should be thankful to God that this 
freedom of the Scriptures has been 
brought down to us. We owe it to the 
continuance of our denomination to 
familiarize ourselves with the teachings 
of the Bible as they relate to our 
Church. As we are thoroughly ground- 
ed in the teachings of the Bible so will 
we be fit vessels to carry on the noble 
banner of The Brethren Church in its 
soul-winning ministery in this apostate 
20th century. 

PRACTICE. The Brethren denomina- 
tion stands for the New Testament as 
a guide for our rules of faith, and as a 
rule book for our Christian living. Let 
us look ahead fifteen or twenty years 
to the time when we vril! be the men 
and women who are serving and sup- 
porting this church. If we have lived 
those twenty years in the way the New 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Testament tells us to live, we will be 
loyal workers in our church. But 
should we resort to our own methods of 
conduct, the picture will not be so 
bright. Many church members are piti- 
fully ignorant of the Bible message and 
are no asset to their church. How 
much do we know about the teachings 
in the Bible? As we learn and practice 
our Bible, so will our church be benefit- 
ted. The more we learn about the Bi- 
ble, the better we will know what our 
Brethren denomination stands for. 

From the Bible 

Matt. 16:15-18. The foundation of 
the Christian church is Christ. This 
does not mean churches in terms of de- 
nominations, but the church of Christ 
as made up of believers who are mem- 
bers of the different denominations. 
Where any church or individual has any 
other foundation than Christ, that one 
cannot claim to be a member of 
Christ's Church. Christ knows each 
believer, and each believer knows 

I Cor. 12:27-31. Paul explains how 
that all Christian believers are all 
members of the church which belongs to 
Christ. Yet he explains, also, that 
these members are of no one occupa- 
tion or even of one nationality or one 
language. He here foretells the great 
missionar.v expansion of the church in 
which the Gospel would seek out be- 
lievers in every country, nation or 
tongue "even unto the uttermost parts 
of the earth." The darkest Christian 
native of Africa is as much a member 
of the church of Christ as we here to- 

Acts 2:32-37. This picture of the 
very early church gives an envious at- 
tainment which all present day church- 
es can do well to copy. In the first 
place, they were faithful in their teach- 
ings of the Bible. They were faithful 
in their Communion services. They 
spent much time praying and talking to 
God. Further, they shared their pos- 
sessions with other Christians, and 
gave of their substance to the helping 
of others. As they assembled for wor- 
ship they did so with gladness and with 
a single purpose: that of praising God. 
This they did in a sane and dignified 
way, for the Bible says that they had 
favor with all the people. As a result 
of this ministry, many souls were 
saved for Christ. 


1. In what ways can the doctrines and 
beliefs of our denomination become 
better known to us personally? 

2. Is the day of the breakdown of de- 
nominational barriers approaching? 
Will the time soon come when denomin- 
ations will unite? What is the present 
tendency in this respect? 

3. Is it important that we continue to 
teach our Brethren beliefs? 

4. Will attendance at church services 
help us to know our denomination bet- 

5. What are the fundamentals which 
make us Brethren Church members? 

We are listing quite a few important 
questions on tonight's discussion. Al- 
low plenty of time for discussion and 
answers of these questions. 

Have a number of young people give 
very short talks on "Why I Became A 
Member of The Brethren Church". 

Perhaps your pastor will be willing 
to give a ten minute "Talk-let" on some 
Brethren doctrines. Tell him not to 
make it too long. Or better still, the 
night this program is used, suggest to 
your pastor that he take the evening 
service at church and talk about our 
doctrines. Insist that your C. E. group 
remain for the service, or his sermon 
will loose its effect. 

By the way — get your membership 
committee working. Don't lament 
about poor attendance until you have 
personally invited every young person 
in your area to your meetings. 

W. St. Claire Benshoff, Topic Editor. 


COLiER — Ezra Coler was called by 
death December 29th, at the age of 
eighty three years. 

He was born, raised and lived most 
of his life in the vicinity of Dayton, O., 
in the Bear Creek neighborhood. His 
parents, Noah and Eliza Coler were 
prominent early settlers in Montgom- 
ery County of this State. 

Mr. Coler was married to Ida E. 
Kline, January 31, 1886, and would 
have spent 55 years together in wed- 
ded life in January. They have two 
sons, Charles, who lives in Cincinnati, 
(Jiio, and Earl whose home is in Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

Mr. Coler and his wife moved to Day- 
ton with their family in 1914. He ranked 
high as stockman, was well-knowm, 
not only in Ohio, but nationally as 
breeder of thoroughbred swine. 

He and his wife united with the Bear 
Creek Brethren Church in 1887 and 
were baptized by Rev. P. J. Brown, who 
was one of the pioneer ministers of the 
Brethren Church. Brother Coler was 
prominent and active in the work of the 
church the major portion of his life, 
serving many years as Trustee of the 
Bear Creek Church. When he moved 
to Dayton, he placed his membership 
in The Brethren Church of this city of 
which he was an esteemed member at 
the time of his death. 

He lived to a good age and lived his 
life well. He was a man of sterling 
duality a good citizen, devoted to his 
family and the church. The memory of 
him will be cherished by his many 
friends. Funeral services conducted by 
his pastor the undersigned. 

W. S. Bell. 



September 28, 1940, at the home of 
the bride near New Windsor occurred 
the wedding of Charles Metcalf, a mem- 
ber of The Linwood Brethren Church, 
and Miss Frances Gorsuch. There 
were a large number of invited guests 
present for the ceremony after which a 
wedding breakfast was served to all 
present. The ring ceremony was used. 
Ceremony by the undersigned. 

Freeman Ankrum. 


Christmas morning at The Linwood 
Brethren Parsonage occurred the wed- 
ding of Gerald Davis, of Uaion Bridge, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. William Davis, 
and Miss Mildred Green, of Westminis- 
ter, Maryland. The ring ceremony 
was used. Ceremony by the under- 

Freeman Ankrum. 

NEWS from the FIELD 


This is being written in the last 
hours of 1940. Before 1940 ebbs away 
I am endeavoring to make a small down 
payment on a debt of gratitude owed to 
the pastor and people of the New Leb- 
anon, Ohio, Brethren Church, for two 
very happy weeks spent in their midst. 

When I walked into the beautiful 
church edifice past the splendid shrub- 
bery and the fine bulletin board adver- ^ 
tising the Evangelistic Services to be 
held there, my attention was caught by 
a tablet set in the wall reminding all 
who pass through the doors of the 
house of worship of the labours of my 
beloved friend. Dr. Shively, in begin- 
ning this church. Immediately I felt 
that a grracious people must worship in 
this place. To honor this grand old 
gentleman, this fatherly, kindly man of 
God was right. To honor him in this 
particular way was especially fitting 
and I am sure that he must greatly ap- 
preciate it. Whoever has a good word 
to say for Shively in my presence will 
find me adding another one or so. 
Though he ministered at the college in 
a capacitv other than teaching, he has 
nevertheless been a tremenduously pop- 
ular leader because like his Lord and 
Master he loves humanity. His words 
and his acts have all been generous and 
kindly. His way of life has made his 
Christian leadership so potent. 

Well, let's see, I had just gotten in- 
side the church when that paragraph 
started me trying to utter thoughts 
which will always be weakly expressed, 
for my feeling for Dr. Martin Shively, 
you may have guessed by now, is 
strong. Any young man at college who 


ranuary 25, 1941 


las passed up an opportunity to know 
)r. Shively has really missed something 
ine and generous and beautiful. For 
Seminary students he should be requir- 
id reading. 

Brother Grisso rounded out a period 
)f five solid weeks with me this Fall 
ind they were weeks unmarred by the 
[lightest friction. He was at the Mt. 
)!ive Church for two weeks, then for 
me week I attended the Revival serv- 
ces at my home church, Maurertown, 
md these two weeks at New Lebanon 
lompleted the five weeks of fellowship 
vhich I shall continue to prize. The 
Jrissos really made me feel at home 
vith them. Our visiting in the homes 
>f the people was likevwse delightful, 
he cooking was superb. 

The attendance upon and the atten- 
ion at the meetings were gratifying, 
t would be difficult to find a more ap- 
)reciative people to minister to in a 
levival effort. Many Brethren visited 
'rom churches nearby, from Clayton, 
(Vest Alexandria, Gratis, and Dayton, 
/isiting elders included Dr. W. S. Bell 
md E. B. Niswonger, of Dayton. Rev. 
\.. E. Whitted, of Gratis, and former 
)astor of the New Lebanon Church, L. 
I. King and family. 

The music was a notable feature of 
he services. The church had just pur- 
chased a Hammond Solovox which 
vould greatly enhance the instrumental 
nusic anywhere, and it was most fit- 
ingly used here. Mrs. Glenn Clayton 
lirects several fine choirs and there 
vere many special numbers by mem- 
)ers of theses groups. 

I showed pictures of the Holy Land 
!ach night and also to the high school 
vhere our Sunday School Superintend- 
!nt, Brother Clayton, is principal. 

As to the results Brother Grisso can 
•eport. This was just to say that this 
)oor preacher had been there and 
'ound the experience a very happy one. 
ro all New Lebanon friends and to the 
brethren everywhere, Happy New 

John F. Locke, 
Maurertown, Virginia 

New Lebanon, Ohio 
In a last report to The Brethren 
Evangelist from this part of our Lord's 
Hneyard we were in the midst of an 
;vangelistic effort with Elder John 
^ocke, of the Maurertown, Va., Church 
IS our evangelist. This meeting is now 
listory. It was a "season of refreshing 
Tom the presence of the Lord." It was 
I pleasure and a privilege to work with 
Bro. Locke through another meeting. 
iVe had labored with him in Virginia 
vhere he was the pastor and the writer 
:he evangelist. We are happy to say 
;hat through it all that the fellowship 
■vas delightful. We have learned to 
ove him and admire him the more as 
mr laborors together lengthened. We 

were delighted to have him as the guest 
of the parsonage while at New Leban- 
on. As a preacher, we have no words 
of criticism, but only praise. His ser- 
mons were sane, sound and convincing. 
The content of the sermon together 
with his unique bit of wit and humor 
was just the proper sort of combina- 
tion to draw and then to hold the av- 
erage church goer. Accordingly we did 
not have any "off nights". There were 
plenty of community attractions that 
did not seem to interfere very serious- 
ly. Thus the attendance was up to, 
and possibly a bit beyond the average 
in evangelistic meetings in these times. 
Our entire constitutancy, all within and 
without the church, were well pleased 
with the efforts of the evangelist, and 
we can whole-heartedly endorse him 
for any church seeking an evangelist. 

At various times during the meet- 
ings we were encouraged by the pres- 
ence of Dr. W. S. Bell. Rev. A. E. 
Whitted and Rev. E. B. Niswonger. 
These with many of our laity from 
Dayton, West Alexandria, Clayton and 
Gratis aided in building and strength- 
ening the spirit of fellowship among 
the churches of the valley. 

This church has been well gleaned 
through the past years. Until these 
lines are being read the present pastor 
will have completed two years in this 
field. During this time forty-five per- 
sons have been added to the body of be- 
lievers by baptism, letter, relation, etc. 
On the Sunday following the meetings, 
the pastor baptized eight persons. The 
baptism of two others that came out in 
the meeting has been delayed. One was 
received on a former baptism. Thus the 
Lord is pleased to continue to shower 
His blessings upon the church, and the 
work continues to prosper at His 
hands. To Him be all the Glory. We 
claim none for ourselves. In passing we 
should mention at least two special 
features of the meetings. One of these 
was the illustrated lectures on the Holy 
Land each evening before the sermon 
by the evangelist. These were enter- 
taining and instructive. All learned to 
love the "Land of the Book" all the 
more. They added considerable to the 
regularity in attendance. Another 
feature was the singing, in charge, 
again of our regular choir director, 
Mrs. Janet Clayton. We really had good 
singing. This church has three regular 
choirs, all contributing their share to 
the meetings and to the regular serv- 
ices from time to time. Good singing 
is always helpful in a meeting. All in 
all we believe that the church has ex- 
perience another genuine old-fashioned 
revival that will continue to be felt 
through the years to come. Every 
phase of the work has been quickened, 
new interest aroused and we are en- 
courage to press on with a great faith, 
being exceedingly hopeful for the fu- 
ture of the Lord's work in this field. 
We want to thank the Mt. Olive and 
Bethlehem congregations in Virginia 
for the loan of their pastor and we 

shall ever cherish throughout all time 
the fellowship that has grown out of 
the labors of your pastor with us, and 
of our pastor in your field of labor. 
West Alexandria, Ohio 

It is rather generally known that the 
writer is caring for the church at West 
Alexandria as best he can in connection 
with his pastoral work here at New 
Lebanon. We can truthfully say that 
they have responded to our leadership. 
The first task was to unify the work. 
This has largely been accomplished. At 
a very recent business meeting, the 
church, with a few dissenting votes, 
pledged itself loyal to The True Breth- 
ren Church, with its various Boards, In- 
stitutions, and Conferences as it has 
existed throughout its entire history. 
We advance in the Lord's work un- 
hindered by conditions which have re- 
tarded its progress in the past. This 
church has just given its largest Home 
Mission Offering for many years. At 
its annual business meeting reports 
showed "all bills paid and a neat sum 
in every treasury." Plans are under 
way for an evangelistic meeting in the 
spring. The writer has conducted three 
evangelistic efforts here and now we 
turn to another for help. 

All praise to Him who goes before 
us in these days and who is leading His 
Church on and out to such marvelous 
victories. My constant prayer for my- 
self and the churches that we serve, 
and for our whole brotherhood is, that 
we might be true to the Great Head of 
the Church; that we might be found 
faithful to all that He has commanded 
us, and to be diligent in the task that 
He has assigned us, to the end that we 
will not need to be ashamed before Him 
"at His appearing." 

Yours, In the Faith, 

C. C. Grisso. 


Dear Evangelist Readers: 

We bring you tidings from the 
Brethren at Gratis in the name of the 
Lord. Thinking that perhaps some 
would be concerned with the goings on 
here we take a moment of time to 
write you. 

To begin the fall work we started 
out in September with what we were 
wont to call, "All Church Fellowship 
Night." The call went out to all mem- 
bers of the congregation to gather in 
the social rooms of the church on the 
evening of September 27. Some 150 
responded to the call and an evening 
was spent about the tables of fellow- 
ship. A program of musical numbers 
was given and when the time came to 
part we found that our hearts and 
minds had been bound a little more 
closely and we hoped by a united front 
to continue in the Lord's work with 
greater zeal. 

We rallied our forces again on Octo- 
ber 20 when we met for our annual 
home-coming and Rally Day. We had 
for our guest speaker for the day 


The Brethren Evangelisi 

Brother Samuel Adams, of Pleasant 
Hill. Brother Adams was at his best 
and brought a wonderful message fit- 
ting in nicely with both the idea of 
Rally and Home-Coming. His good 
wife helped in the service by inspiring 
us with her splendid message in song. 
There was a larger attendance than on 
our Rally day a year ago. 

We then planned our fall Revival for 
the Thanksgiving time and secured the 
services of Brother Clayton Berkshire 
of the Seminary to lead us. He and 
his good wife came into our midst on 
Monday, November 18, and were with 
us for two weeks. Brother Berkshire 
proved himself to be a splendid and 
able helper, bringing inspirational 
Gospel messages each night and lead- 
ing in the song service as well. The 
church was revived and although there 
were no accessions the results will be 
forth coming along through the year 
ahead and even through eternity. Mrs. 
Berkshire played the piano and also 
favored us with violin selections 
through the first week but had to re- 
turn to her work at the College and 
we missed her sorely the closing week. 
They made many friends here who 
wish them God's richest blessings as 
they witness for Him in this world. 

By the time this brief message 
reaches you the year 1941 will have 
been ushered in. May it be a year 
when Christian men will find them- 
selves walking close to their Lord. In 
the world there is much tribulation 
and strife but remember that Jesus 
who is our Captain said, "Fear not I 
have overcome the world. 

We have had a fine year financially, 
have been able to meet readily every 
obligation and have given somewhat 
more liberally to others, for v.'hich we 
praise the Lord who gave his all for 
us. These things were made possible, 
not because the church people were .any 
richer, but because they have learned 
a bit more clearly the art of true 
Christian stewardship. 

May God's blessings attend the en- 
tire brotherohod throughout 1941. And 
if our Lord should come may He find 
us busy gathering sheaves for His 

A. E. Whitted. 


Greetings To Brethren and Friends: 

To be exact our last report to The 
Evangelist was during General Confer- 
ence week. Since that date our church 
at Louisville has promoted her program 
with considerable and commendable 
earnestness. The church is growing 
spiritually and is prospering well in 
ether ways too. Prayer meetings have 
been well attended. Sunday night serv- 
ices, which are like a thorn in the flesh 
to some preachers and churches, are 
not so with us, for indeed we are a bit 
prone to boast about our fine Sunday 
evening attendance. 

In November the church was exceed- 

ingly happy' ifi its experience with a 
week of Bible lectures by Dr. L. E. Lin- 
dower. The people were loud in their 
praise for his messages based on the 
"Book of Beginnings," Genesis. 

Christmas with us was a beautiful, 
happy and worshipful occasion. The 
Sunday School forces presented the 
Pageant — "At the Door of the Inn". 
Some churches repeat this pageant 
many consecutive years. The costumes 
and lighting effects required hours and 
hours of time but it was all mightily 
worth the effort. Mrs. L. P. Clapper 
was the general director. The White 
Gift offering was presented at this 
service. There was joy also in giving 
extensive care to three needy families 
at this season, besides sending a large 
bag of clothing to the Lost Creek mis- 
sion work. Also the young people, on 
Christmas Eve, visited thirty homes 
singing the old time message of His 

All special offerings are being met 
and a good offering was also given to 
War Relief. We do not need to make 
financial drives or year-end clean-ups 
as they are sometimes designated. We 
encourage and teach Tithing or Propor- 
tionate giving. 

At this time, we are sponsoring a full 
week of Fellowship services among the 
churches of the community. Local pas- 
tors and churches are each giving a 
night. We shall report later. 

We pray that the Christian program 
shall greatly prosper during this year 
and that as a church we may fill our 
place in an acceptable manner. 

Rev. E. M. Riddle, Pastor. 


Dear Evangelist Friends, 

It has been rather a long time since 
you have heard from our church at St. 
James, Maryland. This has not been 
because we have been inactive in the 
work of the Lord, but because of other 

For over a year now, our pastor, Rev. 
W. S. Baker, has been ill and has labor- 
ed under jjhysical handicaps that only 
he and his good wife can appreciate. 
In October he found it necessary to go 
to the Johns Hopkin's Hospital in Bal- 
timore and there submit to an operation 
for the removal of a tumor from the 
spinal column. The operation was suc- 
cessful, and the surgeons assure him of 
a complete recovery — but told him, his 
period of recuperation may be extend- 
ed to six months or more. 

Brother Baker is now at his home in 
St. James — more or less confined to his 
bed; but as bright and cheerful in spir- 
it as ever. He is patiently awaiting the 
strengthening that will enable him to 
walk again. 

During his illness — at least since 
October — the young people of the 
Christian Endeavor Society, under the 
leadership of Hugh Lowery and Glenn 

Shank, with Miss Margaret Lowery a 
adult advisor, have sponsored thi 
church services. They have been mos 
successful in securing able and conse 
crated speakers who have filled our pul 
pit from Sunday to Sunday. To all o 
these folks, the church is most grate 
ful. These services have been well at 
tended and interest maintained in th 
church work. 

On Dec. 29, 1940, the resignation o 
Brother Baker as pastor, was read b 
the membership of the church. He fel 
because of his continued illness and hii 
inability to serve the church that h 
should resign and thus enable th( 
church to seek to secure an activi 
leadership. We sincerely regret tha 
this was necessary, for Brother Bake 
has nobly and ably served us for a Ion; 
time as our worthy pastor. Howevei 
the work of the church needs to bt 
done; souls need to be saved, the Gos 
pel preached, and the needs of the loca 
congregation administered to, so th( 
church found itself compelled to accep 
his resignation, which they did in i 
short business session on Jan. 5, 1941 

Plans for the future were discusse( 
— and tentative ones made for thf 
present — the Christian Endeavor stil 
assuming the responsibility of securinf 

Our church is a rural one, with i 
membership between two and three 
hundred. (I haven't the actual numbei 
here) and an average Sunday Schoo 
attendance of 100 or more. 

We are desirous of securing a ne\( 
pastor — one who believes in the doc- 
trines and practices of The First Breth- 
ren Church as instituted and practicec 
by our forefathers. One who preaches 
the Word of God as revealed in His 
book — the Bible. One who is conscien- 
tiously and scripturally devoted to the 
saving of souls, and the promulgatior 
of Christ's return and the establishing 
of His kingdom. In other words, the 
St. James Congregation is seeking a 
pastor as true to the Gospel as the pas- 
tor whose resignation we have accept- 
ed. Will any such pastor who might be 
interested, please contact our modera- 
tor, Mr. Myron L. Bloom, Lydia, Wash- 
ington County, Maryland. If any friend 
or minister knows of a minister whc 
might be an applicant for such a pas- 
torate, will you please write to Mrl 
Bloom ? 

We ask for the prayers of th< 
brotherhood for Brother Baker that H 
it be the will of God he may be restorec 
to health and service; and for th( 
church at St. James that we may se 
cure a pastor who will shoulder th« 
work where Brother Baker has founc 
it necessary to lay it down and carr> 
on from there. 

Too, we extend New Year Greeting; 
to all our friends and co-worker 
wherever they may be. 

Sincerely yours, in the interest of thi 

Thelma L. Bakei 

Vol. LXII, No. 5 

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February 1, 1941 





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An Annual Opportunity — Dr. Martin Shively, 

President Emeritus 4 

Just Another Offering — Rev. L. V. King. 

Treasurer Benevolent Board 5 

A Practical Ministry— Rev. E. M. Riddle 6 

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Why and When — John Eck, Publicity Director 7 

The Superintendent and Matron Report 8 

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Worshipping Day by Day, (Family Altar) 12 

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INTERESTING ITEMS finds a new place in this issue of 
The Evangelist. We feel that it is in the proper place to give 
you just the eye-glance that will call your attention to the 
most interesting things in the week's reading. It is not our 
purpose to review the articles found within the columns of 
the paper, but to endeavor to cite you to the ones that ought 
draw your attention at first reading. 

thing that should draw our immediate attention this week. 
The various writers have sought to bring into bold relief the 
various needs of the Home and the Superannuated Minister's 
Fund. This is the purpose of the Benevolent Board. 

THERE WILL BE TWO COLUMNS in next week's issue 
that will draw your particular attention. They will report 
two very important matters pertaining to the Publication 
Company. The first will be that which reports the definite 
individual gifts to the New Publishing Building. The other 
will be a report of the number of New Subscriptions and Re- 
newals to The Evan,gelist, together with the names of the 
various churches sending in the lists. Watch for it. Will 
your name appear? 

GEHMAN, pastor of the Stockton, California, church tells of 
the progress of the work there. He encloses one of their 
forms for a subscriber's pledge for their new building. In 
it opportunity is afforded for the subscriber to contribute in 
sums of $10.00. If 120 people will so subscribe the necessary 
amount for their present needs will have been reached. This 
pledge was dated as of February 1st. 

cause of sickness in both the Cumberland, Maryland, con- 
gregation and also in the Bryan, Ohio, Church, that the 
evangelistic service which were scheduled for theh Cumber- 
land Church, with Brother C. A. Stewart as evangelist, was 
cancelled. The services were to have been conducted from 
January 19th through February 2nd. We understand that 
Dr. I. D. Bowman, who has been serving the Cumberland 
Church so efficiently, has gone to Florida for a period of 
several weeks, visiting his brother while there. We trust 
that his health will be improved by this visit. 

(sorry we do not have the name of the paper), found their 
way to the editor's desk. In these clippings we find that 
Rev. A. T. Wirick, who spends his winters in Florida and 
does a commendable work in teaching a large men's Bible 
class, gave two addresses recently. He spoke at a fellowship 
meeting of three large classes on the subject, "Banquet of 
Grace", and to the Interstate Bible class, using the subject, 
"God That Cares." 

ITS ACCUSTOMED PAGE. We have done this in order to 
make it more readable to those whose eyes are not so good 
as they used to be. Numerous suggestions have come to us' 
regarding this and we trust that what we have done meets 
your approval. The new heading for this particular part of 
the paper will be "Worshipping Day by Day." 

are receiving their monthly checks from the Benevolent 
Board will be found on the back page of this issue. Read 
them. They are to you who have been supporting this work 
even more than to the members of the Board. Will you con- 
tinue to make it possible for these checks to come to them in 
a regular manner? Faithful service deserves faithful com- 






F. V. Vanator 




ae intrinsic value of any institution can be no 
iter than that which is placed upon it by the or- 
zation of which it is a part. 

ow values cannot always be estimated in terms 
ollars and cents. Values come from feelings of 
iment; history of achievement; desirability of 
ession; worthiness of memories; in helpfulness 

illectors of stamps base the value of their collec- 
upon the completeness of their issues, not on 
absolute worth of the little piece of paper that 
;ains the inked impression of the government 
:h issues it. The connoisseur of art does not look 
he value of the canvass and paint, but upon the 
mate of the artist. Dealers in antiques do not 
ibute value to an article because of its material 
th to the customer. For after all an antique 
e of furniture is ofttimes not strong enough to 
• the weight of an individual, especially that of 
writer of this article. 

Wherein Then Lies the Value? 

he Benevolences of The Brethren Church carries 
1 it more than a value in dollars and cents. They, 
we say "they" advisedly, for, while refered to 
I single Institutional Cause, there are two separ- 
interests, "they" are institutions, time-honored, 
ch should draw the attention of every member 
rhe Brethren Church. They pay no returns in 
ars and cents; they return no dividends to the 
;ern which they represent that can be measured 
nonetary value — yet who can say what reward 
temal value is to come to those who place an eva- 
ion upon The Brethren Home and The Superan- 

nuated Fund? The Book of the Lord says, "The 
Lord loveth a cheerful giver." 

Superanuated Minister's Fund 

The Brethren Church has, indeed, been fortunate 
in that it has been called upon to pay, and again we 
use a word advisedly, so few claims to retired and in- 
firm ministers. Our preachers have been able, in 
most part, to be very active even to the time of their 
departure to be with the Lord. 

Now Stop and Consider 

We have never been called upon to meet a real 
need in the matter of Superannuated Ministerial 
support. If we had been, then we would have had to 
make more urgent demands on the various church- 
es. If you were a minister, how would you like to 
wonder if you were to receive any check each month 
through the years when your strength had been ex- 
pended and you were forced to retire from active 
service. No minister received sufficient salary to 
lay aside very much of this world's goods. Remem- 
ber that there is no Compensation check, or Unem- 
ployment Insurance for the minister. Think it over. 

The Brethren Hotae 

Yes, we know that you are thinking, "We hear 
this every year." We have been told that it is only 
by repeated instruction that the mind of man pro- 
perly functions. This Home is your property. The 
Board which you as a church organization has elect- 
ed, is only your representatives, delegated with 
power to act in your stead. If you do not contribute 
sufficient funds to keep this institution from run- 
ning behind, it is the business of this Board to keep 
you informed regarding the matter. This we are at- 
tempting to do as these times of offering come each 
year. Then from time to time we are trying to 
bring the matter to your attention throughout the 
year in order that you may be able to make your 
contributions as they are needed. 

Read the report of the Treasurer, Brother L. V. 
King, together with his comments on the needs of 
the Home. Read the message from the Superinten- 
dent and the Matron of the Home and get their re- 
action. Read the appeal of Dr. Shively, President 
Emeritus of the Board. Read the words from the 
pen of Brother John Eck, Publicity Director. They 
all add up to the sum total of what the needs of the 
Home and the Superannuated Ministers Fund 
amounts to this year. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

An Annual Opportunity 

Dr. Martin Shively, 

President Emeritus, 

Benevolent Board 

There are always opportunities to give expression 
to the unselfish spirit which characterizes the Chris- 
tian, not only once each year, but perhaps many 
times each day, but for the purposes of this brief 
paper, the opportunity in the mind of the writer is 
the one which concerns our relation to the Brethren 
Home at Flora, Indiana. Of course this institution 
offers opportunity for our cooperation any or every 
day in the year, and it is a source of deep satisfac- 
tion to every member of the Board that some folks 
seem to be having in remembrance the Home and its 
needs at many other times than the time for the an- 
nual offering for its support. Such groups as The 
Sisterhood girls, and the W. M. S. especially seem 
to have the Home on their prayer list, and come to 
the rescue in many times of need. The fire escape 
and the elevator are among the marks of their in- 
terest, as are many other things which add to the 
comfort and the safety of those who have found a 
refuge there in their declining years. I am sure too 
that there is in the hearts of all the members of 
these groups a feeling of deep satisfaction because 
of the contributions which have been made. But 
the time is approaching when every member of the 

church is to be given the opportunity to make a con- 
tribution for the support of the institution in which 
we all have an interest, for it belongs to The Breth- 
ren Church, and therefore to each of us who consti- 
tute its membership. Both the superintendent and 
his wife. Brother and Sister Suman, as well as the 
members of the Board of Directors, are faithfully 
representing your interests and doing their utmost 
to make and keep the institution serving the pur- 
poses for which it was called into being. We know 
that we have been helped by your prayers and your 
gifts, and we now come to remind you that we need 
such help continually. And now that the time is 
approaching when opportunity is to be given for 
your further support, we ask that you shall keep 
right on praying, for we know that if you do that, 
you will do more, for your gifts will be again laid up- 
on the altar, and the aged inmates for whose support 
and care we are all responsible, will be fed and warm- 
ed, and we shall have the satisfaction of knowing 
that we have been "Laborers together with God," 
"For we are God's husbandry, — God's building. 

Ashland, Ohioi 


Home Dining Room 

Fellowsfiip in Breaking Bread 

Home Living Room 

February 1, 1941 

Just Another Offering??? 

Rev. L. V. King 
Benevolent Board Treasurer 

"Just another offering. Another special offering 
already. There are too many special offerings. Oh 
well, this offering isn't so important so we will let 
it slip by." 

The above statements have often been thought 
and expressed, especially by the ordinary Christian 
who does not give to the Lord's work in a systematic 
or scriptural way ; or who is not very anxious to give 
at all ; or who has particular interest only in the lo- 
cal church. 

"Another opportunity to give to the work of the 
Lord. Another opportunity to do good. Another 
vital offering of the Church. Another cause that is 
worthy and scriptural." 

These are the statements of those who love to 
give even though they may not have much to give. 
These are the expressions of those who have a true 
love for the entire denomination. These have the 
entire church at heart. These give symstematical- 
ly, scripturally and cheerfully. 

Is it true that there are too many offerings? If 
so, which offerings could we leave out and yet feel 
we were doing the Lord's work ? Dare we leave out 
Home Missions? Surely the answer is "NO", for 
we cannot exist without the maintaining of weak 
churches and the building of new. Shall we leave 
out Foreign Missions? Not if we want to be scrip- 
tural, for we are plainly taught to go into all the 
world with the Gospel. Could we omit the White 
Gift Offerings ? Not unless we desire that the spir- 
it of Christmas giving be commercialized even more 
than it is. Not unless we feel that the Sunday 
School has no place in the life of the church. Sure- 
ly not unless we feel that camp life is not worth- 
while for our youth. 

Then how about the College and Seminary Offer- 
ings? Could we omit these? Would we want our 
youth trained in other institutions not Brethren? 
Would we desire that our ministers receive their 
training in other seminaries? If not, there is only 
one answer: We must maintain our College by the 
gifts of her people, as well as send our children there. 
Then perhaps we could leave out The Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company Offering? Or could we? Would 
we prosper as a people if we had no Brethren litera- 
ture to keep our people informed of our programs? 
Would we want to do away with our church paper 
and Sunday School literature? Surely no loyal 
Brethren would desire this. 

That leaves only one other regular indorsed by the 
National Conference. So perhaps we could omit the 
offering for the Aged Ministers and their Widows 
regardless of their present condition find the sacri- 
fices they have made for our beloved church in ear- 
lier days. And perhaps we could forfeit our obliga- 
tions with the aged at the Brethren Home, whose 
money we have taken, and leave them to their own 
fate. Perhaps we could neglect to keep the building 
in proper repairs for a few years hoping that the 
State will not take over our property. Or perhaps 
we could neglect it for a few years only to find that 
it would cost us more to repair it than the property 
IS worth. 

Perhaps we could neglect this offering or leave it 
entirely out of our calendar, as many are even doing. 
But who would want to do this? What faithful 
Brethren would feel this was a wise course? Who 
would want to neglect their needy when such organ- 
izations as the lodges provide so splendidly for their 

Surely, we could hardly call ourselves Brethren 
and especially a whole Gospel church IF we neglect- 
ed the scriptural injunction to care and provide for 
the needy. So we would not want to leave out the 
Benevolent Offering coming the last Sunday in 

Then, is it true that there are too many offerings? 
Perhaps the very opposite is true: "There are not 
enough special offerings." For the Church which 
has no special offerings can hardly be said to be do- 
ing anything worth while. For as long as a church 
and a denomination is growing it will have need of 
the gifts of God's people. As long as the program 
of the church is Christ-Centered, the more offer- 
ings it requires, the more proof that it is doing a 
splendid piece of work. Occasionally one reads of a 
church that never lifts offerings, and they seem to 
boast of it as a spiritual virtue. But Paul demanded 
that the church give opportunity to her members 
to give the Tithe and free will offerings for the poor 
at Jerusalem. 

So, let those who think there are too many offer- 
ings suggest ways whereby these boards of the 
church may carry on an effective program without 
these special appeals to the church each year, and 
these boards will be glad to give ear. But, and un- 
til that time, these boards must come to the church 
for gifts, else be charged with neglect of a duty im- 
posed upon them by the church. 

This is the reason the Benevolent Board feel 
justified in coming to you at this time with an ur- 
gent appeal for a liberal offering from every loyal 
Brethren Church. 

Oakville, Indiana 

The Brethren Evangelist 

A Practial Ministry 

Rev. E. M. Riddle, 
Member of Benevolent Board 

' Christians have always had a considerable concern 
for their fellowmen. We cannot be satisfied to al- 
low suffering or great want without some response. 
In the early beginnings of the church, we read that 
deacons were appointed to carry on the benevolent 
work of the church, ministering to the widows and 
children. It is true yet today. We usually can find 
in every community, a home or an individual, where 
practical, simple ministry will do more than we can 
ever measure. 

With such ministry in mind, let me say, that good 
Brethren of a few years ago, were moved to make 
gifts and sacrifices so our church could have a 
"HOME" for its members and friends who might 
want to be under the partial or total care of the 

Now, the Brethren Home is a beautiful place. It 
is neat, attractive, and comfortable, summer and 
winter, with an ideal location. Further, to know the 
people who are in charge of this institution is to con- 
clude that it must be a "happy place", with "good 

BRETHREN ! my appeal is short. On the grounds 

of Christian service, I can ask for a generous offer- 
ing to help support and maintain this Brethren in- 
stitution, as easily as to solicit for any other offer- 
ing of the church. This is a true ministry. It is a 
benevolent service. It is something we can do "for 
the least of these my brethren". Christ is our ex- 
ample. He pitied the wretched, the lonely, and the 
weary sinner. He relieved the destitute. He lived 
and died for others. Therefore, our gifts as church- 
es and individuals imply a practical righteousness. 
It is a high expression of regard for others. Our 
Brethren Home is an expression or may I say, a fruit 
of our ministry as a church and not least, an ex- 
ample before men. In other phraseology, our etern- 
al fruits show to the woi'ld of weary men, that there 
are those who have a genuine trust in our Lord and 
Master. On the appointed day, February 23rd, we 
believe our Brethren will again bring an offering, 
knowing this to be an open door of opportunity and 
ministry for the church. When you have been pros- 
pered materially, a gift in the name of our Lord, for 
such woi'thy cause, will prosper you spiritually also. 
Will you not prayei'fully consider this call? 

Louisville, Ohio 


Perhaps of all the special denominational offer- 
ings the Benevolent Board finds itself in a difficult 
position to appeal for the gifts of the church at 
large. This is due to several reasons. 

First of all it appears that our Brethren people 
have no very definite and outstanding convictions 
of our responsibility toward the aged and needy peo- 
ple of our church. Perhaps we ministers have been 
largely to blame liere. We have been teaching for 
some time the need of our people bringing their 
tithes to the church for the support of giving out 
the Gospel and the maintaining of the ministry and 
the keeping up of our churches. And we have pix)- 

fited by this teaching. But we have neglected to 
give the plain teaching of Paul in his two Epistles 
of I and II Corinthians on how the church ought to 
suport the poor and needy. Hence our people have 
no responsibility toward the needy. 

In the second place the offering for Benevolences 
is lifted right after three other important boards 
have asked for very liberal offerings to maintain 
their work. One in the month of November, when 
we lift what should be our largest offering for the 
denomination. The second in December, when we 
make our White Gift appeals for the Sunday School 
work. The third month following when the Pub- 
lishing Company makes her appeal for a very large 

February 1, 1941 

(ffering toward a new building. And we are in 
learty sympathy with these appeals for we feel 
hat all three of them are very worthy. And we 
vant that they be large. But to follow so close on 
he last Sunday in the short month of February for 
m offering for the poor and needy, makes it diffi- 
ult for our Board. Yet, we are conscience of the 
act that this is the month given to us to make our 
ppeal by the National Conference. 

In the third place, this is the only Board that asks 
or two offerings in one. An offering for the Su- 
lerannuated Ministers Fund and an offering for the 
naintaining of the Brethren Home at Flora, Indi- 
ra. To avoid lifting so many offerings the Confer- 
nce some years ago merged these two Boards into 
ne, since they were so close akin. Yet they did not 
ift any of the responsibility that had rested upon 
he two previous Boards. This has simplified mat- 
ers to some extent, but it has also lessened the a- 
tiount of offering received for the two causes. It 
3 true that we do not have nearly as large a wait- 
ng list of aged ministers desiring help as in those 
ays, yet the decrease in offering has been so great 
hat we are not able to give monthly nearly as much 
s was given to each one receiving help at that time, 
t is also true that we do not have as many at the 
brethren Home now as some years ago, but the cost 
f maintaining the Home is greater. And were it 
lot for the boarding members we could not carry on 
he financial budget even as well as we are doing 
low. But with no new life membership coming in- 
the Home for the past few yei^rs leaves us with- 
iut the required fee for entrance that helped so 
:reatly in meeting the financial burdens in the early 
listory of the Home. 

And one of the main reasons why we have had 
10 new life members for the past few years is due to 
^fhat the Government is doing for aged people. By 
:etting help from the Government these aged peo- 
ile can still maintain their own and remain 
.mong their loved ones. We do, however, feel that 
I'ithin a short time there will be a greater demand 
or entrance into these denominational Homes. 

So suffice it to say that the need is great, both 
or gifts and life members into the Home. And we 
ire asking that every Church will at least lift an 
•ffering for these two causes the last Sunday in 
"'ebruary or as near thereto as possible. 

Your Treasurer will again post the names of the 
Churches by districts and the amount of their gifts 
it National Conference. If every church sends in 
m offering there will not be so many blank spaces 
is last year. We shall also report the ten churches 
naking the largest gifts. We shall also send to the 
Evangelist the names of the first fifteen churches 
sending in their offerings after February 23rd in 
;he order in which the gifts arrive. So get busy 
;hurch treasurers and send at once even though the 

total offering is not as yet in. The remainder may 
be sent later. Gifts sent in by individuals should 
state where they have their membership so that the 
church may have credit for gift when the report is 
made at National Conference. The first fifteen in- 
dividual gifts will also be sent into the Evangelist 
for publication. 

Often we hear people say, "How much do you need 
this year to carry on ?" This may help in answering 
the question: 

For Ministers Fund : 

Somewhat larger than last year as we had to 

give less to one minister than the previous year. 

For Brethren Home : 

The usual amount to maintain the Home which 

includes: Salaries, Annuity Interests, coal and 

many other minor items. 

$900 to pay back the indebtedness of last year. 
Several hundred to repaint the outside at once 

in the spring, and rooms inside as funds permit. 

The National Layman's Organization gave $50.00 
toward the outside painting. We still need $100.00 
more. L. V. King, Treasurer. 


John Eck, Publicity Director 


Why should it be necessary for the Board of Ben- 
evolences to make an appeal to Christian Brethren 
for gifts each year to aid and support the aged and 
widows or disabled ministers of the Gospel, and blind 
people who are solely dependent on others for the 
necessities of hfe? Why? The words of our Lord, 
"Carest Thou not," certainly have not been forgot- 
ten by all the Brethren ! We are happy to say that 
all the Brethren have not forgotten the widows and 
aged in years gone by. For it was the kind and 
thoughtful deed of Lydia Fox and John Early who 
gave the first large amount that started a fund for 
the aged of The Brethren Church. Then the gen- 
erosity of our good Brother Henry Rinehart helped 
to make the fine Home which we have today pos- 

We have in the Home a fine place for our Breth- 
ren people, but not enough Brethren people are there 
to enjoy it. Why? WHY? Your Board cannot say 
to any and all, "Come without money and without 
price and we will take care of you." WHY? You, 
Brethren, and we, Brethren, have not this part of 
the Church at heart to the extent that we gave suf- 
ficient money to ENDOW this HOME and thus make 
this possible. Your Board would gladly do this, and 
we ARE doing a little towai'd getting such a fund, 
as we receive bequests and gifts from wills and the 
like. So Brethren as you peruse the pages of this 
Evangelist take a little inventory and see if we can- 
not increase the offering this year to near what 
the amount should be. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

When? When? 

When you ask, "Why do you not do this or that," 
what is the answer? 

I am sure there is only one answer. "No funds 
for that." Good Brethren pay a visit to The Breth- 
ren Home and see that the rooms need redecorating 
and that improvements should be made here and 
there, and often promise the good people that they 
will make the members of the Home happy by doing 
some thing about this. Well Brethren WHEN are 
you going to help and change the color of the paint 
in some of the rooms? When? We are sorry that 
we are forgotten so soon after you drive out the 
gate. Just send the Superintendent your $25.00 and 

say which room you want to have painted. And that 
is WHEN they can be changed to daylight. 

When some of these things come to pass, then we 
can have this Home for Brethren People, completely 
occupied by Brethren folk, and we need not go out- 
side and have the name of merely running a board- 
ing home. Praise the Lord we feel that time will not 
be far distant. 

Calling all Brethren to the front in this call for 
the largest offering for THE BRETHREN HOME 
ever. Forward march. Brethren, as long as the Lord 
liveth and reigneth, give Him all the Praise. 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

Not Less For Other OfFerings 

More For Benevolences 


Matron Report 

Edw. Sutnan 

We are desirous that the Brotherhood have a re- 
port from this part of the Church. We have been 
blessed with good health during the past year here 
at the home and that goes a long way to make for 
happiness with the members here. 

We have not made as much improvements durinii 
the last year as the first year, not that there are no 
improvements to be made, but the funds were net 
available. All the rooms up stairs need painting, 
the large living room needs to be redecorated, the 
exterior of the building needs to be given a new 
dress or you may call it paint, so Brethren you see 
your offering for this Home should be increased to 
the extent that the Board can keep your property in 
the best of condition, and in keeping with such a 
Home as we represent. 

We have had a very good year from the stand 

Mrs. Edw. Suman 

point of crops from the farm, good oats, corn and 
hay as well as hogs. This however helps to keep 
the Home going and furnishes the necessities for 
the same, but by no means takes care of all that is 
necessary. Many other things we could say, but we 
hope that you will be interested enough in your ' 
home to pay us a visit during this coming year that ' 
we may meet you, and you may see the needs, and 
improvements that have been made. 

We want to thank all who had a part in the past 
year to keep us happy, and to the Board for their 
fine cooperation and efforts to keep our standards 
up with the requirements of the State of Indiana. 

Wishing each one a happy and prosperous year 

Mr. and Mrs. Suman, Supt. and Matron. 


February 1, 1941 





The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 


General Secretary 

What is Teaching? 

Dr. W. I. Duker 

In a recent article we spoke of the necessity of 
giving thought to our teaching in the Sunday School, 
mce we were assembled in God's house. We need 
naterial assistance all along the line in this material 
vorld, but if we stop with materials we have lost 

A bridge is quite necessary in crossing a wide, 
leep stream. If we, however, build the most modern, 
lependable bridge our engineers can produce and 
hen remain on the bridge, we not only fail to reach 
he other side but we prevent others from using the 
;ame bridge for the purpose for which it was con- 
itructed. So with all known conveniences and meth- 
)ds in teaching, unless we actually "teach", all we 
lave done in a material way is just so much "straw 
md stubble". Now we never can teach unless we 
lave a clear, well defined knowledge of what teach- 
ng actually is. 

It is our purpose to develop, after a fashion, this 
;eaching process using the outline as given by 
'Schmauk" in his book on "How to Teach". We 
lave used this text in our Summer Camps and we 
low desire to give it a larger distribution. 

Schmauk says that first of all, "To teach is to help 
growth". To teach is to help the mind in growing 
is well as in knowing. Then he adds that which to 
)ne who has spent years in the teaching field, seems 
lighly significant; "Training is helping the mind in 
loing, as well as in growing and knowing. The child 
las a natural, normal hunger. How we cultivate 
;his hunger and satisfy the same, determines our 
success or positive hann as a teacher. Just as a 
;hild) may learn to desire a well balanced diet, or a 
;raving for sweets alone, so may the student also be 
"ed on spiritual food by a wise or foolish teacher. 

Again we are referred to an outline on teaching 
'ound in an article by Patterson DuBois on "The 
"J^atural Way in Moral Training". He tells us that 
here are four sides in all teaching. We nurture 
he child by atmosphere, by light, by food and by 
xercise. This general approach leads us to offer 
en suggestions as to what teaching really is, or is 
lot. This outline if used as a measuring stick may 
e of great value to any one who is really attempt- 
ig to "teach" while standing before his class each 

unday morning. 

j First of all : "To Teach is to Furnish Nutriment". 

Ve are sobered in this connection as we recall the 

injunction, "Feed My Lambs." When we ask our- 
self, "what shall we feed them?" we instantly re- 
member this Scripture, "Search the scriptures for 
in them ye think ye have eternal life." All facts 
of Scripture converge in the One Person of Christ. 
"They are they which testify of me." 

Second: "To Teach is to develop manhood." The 
answer to this question of how ? is furnished by St. 
Paul when he urges that we teach, "till we all come 
into the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of 
the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the meas- 
ure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." 

Third: "To Teach is a phychological Process." 
"The Sunday School teacher leads the scholar into 
the Scriptures, where, with opened eyes, his insight 
into the acts of God in history, his faith in the re- 
demption and teaching of Jesus, and his activity as 
a Christian and member of the church will develop 
progressively in response." 

Fourth: "To Teach is to direct Thought." After 
the child has been given food, has been given man- 
hood for strength in service and has become poised 
for flight, he needs above all else to be guided as 
he goes forward in life. To deny the child this di- 
rection" in the thought that it interferes with his 
"freedom" is most tragic. A child needs "freedom", 
'tis true but above all, he needs wise direction. 

Fifth: "To Teach is a Spiritual Process." Jesus 
Himself was a teacher of human souls, not of hu- 
man intellects. This is after all the goal of all our 
efforts. This completed Spiritual House we must 
see before we start building. How often are we so 
busy with materials that we fail to see the goal of 
all our efforts! 

Sixth: "To Teach is a Personal Act." Schmauk 
tells us that "Teaching is a toilsome process." I 
have observed this and enunicated this over and over 
again during forty years of teaching. Just as there 
is no "Royal Road to Learning" so also is there no 
"Wholesale Road to Teaching." Every child pre- 
sents a special problem. Luther said, "All ye who 
teach the Gospel become, as it were, a threshing 
machine, through which the harvests of the field 
are threshed." 

Seventh: "To Teach is a Simple Act." Teaching 
is a natural act. It never need frighten the one who 
teaches. Again we are reminded that as the wise 
mother does not shrink from her God given duty, 
neither need the faithful teacher with-hold his hand 
from service. 

Eighth : "To Teach is a Vital Act." We can nev- 


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er over emphasize the need of a driving force in the 
life of the teacher. "What are living teachers?" 
asks Margaret Slattery. "They are genuine," she 
says, "like Jesus." He was real and there-in lay 
His power. Live, wide-awake teachers who say not, 
"I ought" but "I must" catch the interest of the 
child, hold his interest and guide his destiny. A de- 
sultory, tired teacher never teaches. 

Nine: "To Teach is to Plant a Seed." If one has 
worked in the soil and has learned that "planting" 
and sowing are not necessarily the same, he will 
have increased his respect for "planting." He will 
think of soil, season, fertility of seed, care for the 
tender plant and above all, dependence upon the sun- 
shine and rain that comes direct from the hand of 
God. Planting is not "broad-casting." When we 
say blatantly, "Well, I taught the lesson, whether 
they listened or not," we may feel quite sure that we 
may have broad-casted, but never actually "taught." 

Tenth: "To Teach is not to Preach." Schmauk 

completes his outline by telling us one thing that 
teaching is not, "It is not Preaching!" Of course to 
completely understand this we would need to discuss 
what preaching is. For our purpose we must as- 
sume that all of us understand what preaching real- 
ly is. Here is the contrast. "Preaching is a free 
lightning flash, traveling ever outward. Teaching 
requires a return wire to complete the circuit." "To 
Preach is to proclaim and impress. To teach is to 
impart. To preach is to announce ; to teach is to en- 

So Brethren we have just opened the vital matter 
of teaching. We have certainly not developed it to 
any given degree. If we have made some one per- 
son conscious of the presence of a problem in teach- 
ing, we shall be satisfied for the time. If the teach- 
ing in our Sunday Schools is directed toward 
"Christ's way in Teaching," we will all be blessed 
and strengthened for continued Service. 

Shipshewana, Indiana 

They Made the Brethren Home Possible 

John Early 

Lydia Fox 

We present to you the likeness of John Early, 
Lydia Fox and Henry Rinehart, who gave the first 
money and land that The Brethren Home might be 
established. We are glad to recognize them in this 
issue. What they had in their minds, the Board of 
Benevolences has sought to carry out to the best of 
its ability. 

Those of you who have had opportunity of visit- 
ing the Home will know that it is a pleasant place. 
That those who find refuge within its walls have a 

Henry Rinehart 

good environment. But there are many thing 
about the Home that need improvement. In year 
to come will you, too, have your memory brought t 
the attention of the brotherhood by helping mak 
the dreams and ideals of these early pioneers com 


February 1, 1941 


A Visit to the Brethren Home 
with the Local Pastor 

Vernon D, Grisso 


Coming from the local pastor of The Brethren 
Home it is not necessary to make any attempt to 
explain to old Brethren what some of the advan- 
;ages are in keeping and supporting a "Home". 

From our very first arrival on the field in Flora 
md upon our first visit to the Home, which was the 
same day, we have had a wonderful opinion of the 
Home. The best we can do to interest you in this 
Brethren project is to take you with us on one of 
)ur visits to the Home. 

As we leave Flora westward, a short distance 
iway you immediately recognize the stately brick 
structure you have seen so often in pictures. We 
mter the gates and drive around the curved drive 
;o the front steps and you note that the lawn, shrubs 
md trees are perfectly trimmed and cared for. We 
;ross the wide spacious porch and enter; the halls, 
/ou note, are always shining. We are cheerfully 
greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Suman who care for 
;he Home so effeciently. The Sumans are less than 
niddle aged, very affable and soon win your heart 
3y their sincerity and desire for the welfare of the 
Home and all who live there. You learn in conversa- 
tion with them that they are members of The First 
Brethren Church at Flora and see weekly that any 
folks at the Home desiring to attend church have a 
ivay when Sunday morning arrives. Brother and 
sister Suman tell us that the Christian Endeavor of 
;he Flora First Berthren Church plan the devotional 
urograms for the aged people once a month on Sun- 
lay afternoon. When they do not or cannot provide 
service themselves they carefully secure some adept 
rroup or individual to conduct the service. On later 
nquiry you find that Brother Suman is most highly 
;poken of in Flora as a capable business man and a 
i)usy worker, never idle, which shows for itself as 
ve travel about the grounds. The office is com- 
ortable, well organized and in order ; if you ask for 
liny or every report of past records they are readily 
aid before your eyes in neat and well kept books, 
Iways open for inspection. 

The kitchen, the dining room, the barn, the 
chicken house, all have the same shining, clean, well 
arranged look. All of it gives you a feeling of ease 
and satisfaction if you are one to want things in 
their places. 

All of this cleanliness and orderliness is so im- 
pressive that at first that is all one can see and ex- 
claim about; from basement to attic, (from barn- 
yard to front gate) order, cleanliness, cheer and hap- 
piness prevail. But let's be honest and look a little 
closer. There, see that dear old lady's room, see 
howi she prides this, her only home? See the pic- 
tures on the wall, the high backed rocker, the knit- 
ting on the floor? But you say, "It is hard to see," 
. . . yes, now look at the walls, brown, streaked, dark. 
What a cheery home she could have with only a 
little light paint on the walls and ceiling. Would 
you mind giving enough yourself to brighten that 
room for that dear old lady ? Most of the rooms need 
redecorating. Wouldn't it be fine to cheer it up a 
bit for the folks there at home? 

We might also climb to the roof that is badly in 
need of repair; it should be fixed because the life of 
a building is always determined by the roof over it. 
The basement is I'ght, clean, warm and comfort- 
able, but the ceiling — ? Yes — The fire marshall 
says it must be plastered where all that old plaster 
is falling off. Yes, very dangerous. We cannot en- 
danger those folks lives for such a small sum. 

Now outdoors. My, a beautiful building, but why 
is it those windows look so dingy? Why does the 
porch railing and the roof railing look so sad? Why? 
It's been years since they have had paint. My, how 
bright the old brown brick building would look all 
shined up and set off with a new coat of white paint 
outlining all the doors, windows and porches. These 
are just some of the things we see when we look 
closely. You ask me, "But isn't this a valuable piece 
of property for The Brethren Church?" — "Yes sir, 
it is." — "But does it pay to let a valuable property 
run down?" — I ask you, "Does it? Did it even pay 
you to treat your own home that way?" Cleanliness 
and orderliness is next to Godliness. We must pre- 
serve and respect God's property and keep that 
trust whole and sound. Brethren, these things are 
needed. Will you help us provide them this year? 
Do it now. Now is when they are needed. Thank 
you, and may God bless you. 

Flora, Indiana 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 


I John 1:5-7 

God is a Spirit. God is Love. God is Light. 
What a trinity. It leaves us humble at the feet of 
the Master, He who came to reveal the essence of 
the Father. He who is Spirit and Love, is also 

We need not be in darkness when He is near. 
Think of what light does. It vivifies. Nothing 
grows well in the darkness. Hiding away from God 
means being away from the light. Light reveals; 
it purifies ; it gives power. John says, in this scrip- 
ture, "If we walk in the light as He is in the light we 
have fellowship..." And what fellowship. What 
joy and delight. Today open your heart to the light 
of His loving spirit. 


Exodus 4:1-9 

Have you stopped to think how much God can do 
with the simple things He has placed in your hands ? 

Too often we think we are helpless because we 
have not been given great and marvelous talents. 
But consider Moses — stuttering, stammering Moses. 
God took him ; gave him a mouthpiece in the person 
of his brother Aaron, and made of him the greatest 
leader of men until Jesus came to earth. 

It is the little things in life that count. Tlie very 
things we have in our own hands. It may be only 
a talent to make others forget their troubles. It 
may be only a silent testimony of a life lived before 
the Father. 


II Timothy 2:1-10 

Paul, writing to Timothy, realizes that "his son 
in the faith" has met with discouragements. He 
needs something to help him over the rough places. 
So he writes, "Without ceasing, I have remembrance 
of thee in my prayers night and day." 

How long since you have taken an hour to pray 
for your pastor? How much he needs your sym- 
pathy and interest. How much stronger he will be 
if you, his fellow-worker, will pray earnestly for his 
pait in the work. How much more easily he will be 
able to face the issues of life. He will be fortified 
to "endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus 
Christ." Lift him up today. 


Luke 10:25-37 

"Who is my neighbor?" Surely that question 
comes to us today just as forcefully as it came in the 
days of Jesus. 

The discovery of ether waves and the invention of 
the airplane has made all the world "next door." No 
longer can we look to the right or the left in our 
physical world and say, "My neighbor is he who 
Uves in my community." The outreach is too far. 
The "field is the world." Tlie question of neighbor- 
liness rises above the question of nationality and 
religious prejudice. We need to stand on the "hills" 
and get a vision of the valley. Down where the 
needs of men are great. 


Psalm 72:11-17 

Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our 
daily bread." We find in this thought another em- 
bodied about which we ofttimes fail to think. It is 
the element of thankfulness for the blessings past, 
present and future. 

In the hurry and rush of our present daily life too 
often we fail to pause and think of the admonition of 
the Psalmist, "Forget not ALL His benefits." 

Do you pause in the midst of the day to calmly lift 
your heart and pray that you may show your thank- 
fulness for all the "provisions of His bounty?" 

Meditate on His goodness and fail not to "count 
your blessings." 


Hebrews 12:1, 2 
At each railroad crossing there used to be a cross 
upon which was painted the words, "Stop, look and' 
listen." Warning bells and red signal lights have, ' 
in most cases, taken their place. But even the bells 
and the lights say in unmistakable tones, "Stop — 
Look — Listen." 

In our scripture today we want to look at only one 
phrase, — "Looking unto Jesus." We need that up- 
ward look every day. For it is only by constant 
watchfulness that we can keep from danger ahead. 
He says, "Watch and pray lest ye enter into tempta- 

"Stop — Look upward — Listen to His voice." 


February 1, 1941 



Psalm 73:24-28 

When we say that we should "draw near unto 
jod" we imply that there is always a possibility of 
irawing away from Him. Also there is the thought 
;hat He is accessible and that we can reach Him. 

We are prone to draw near unto Him in times of 
adversity and temptation and at the prospect of 
ieath. But do we share our joys and our victories 
A'ith Him? Or do we say that these are the results 
)f our own efforts and we, therefore, ought to enjoy 
;hem alone? For too often this is the case. 

Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 

An inspiring Layman's meeting was held recently at the 
Lanark, Illinois Church, with sixty-six men in attendance. 
(Vfter an oyster supper, several of the men representing each 
Df the men's and boy's classes gave five minute talks. Rev. 
Zimmerman concluded the list of speakers with a talk on, "A 
V^ision of Work to Do." 

A combination New Year's service and watch night party 
ivas held at the Lanark Church. Ministers from the Church 
Df the Brethren, the Methodist and the Christian churches 
were guest speakers. A film strip, based on The Vine and 
the Branches of John 15, was showTi. The New Year was 
ushered in during a period of prayer. 

Rev. Chester Zimmerman was again appointed Director of 
the Daily Vacation Bible School at Lanark. His plans for 
this year's school include one period each day for teaching 
with visual education materials. 


Our church has benefited in many ways during the last 
year under the leadership of our pastor. Rev. C. E. Johnson. 
Beginning December 8th we enjoyed revival meetings with 
the McCartneysmiths in charge. During this time we re- 
:eived many splendid messages from Dr. McCartneysmith 
is well as from the special music and the congregational 
singing led by Mrs. McCartneysmith. 

At these metings there were delegations from Flora, Tea 
3arden, North Manchester, Denver, Peru, Loree, Center 
Chapel, College Comers, Corinth, and Sidney, and all of the 
Jther churches in Mexico cooperated to make our meetings 
I success. Rev. Vernon Grisso, Rev. Whetstone, Rev. Gilbert 
Maus and Rev. Tinkle attended one or more of these services. 

There were three confessions, one young married woman 
ind two splendid young men. All were baptized and receiv- 
ed into the church. Besides this there was a real spiritual 
iwakening in our community. 

Our church closed the year with all debts paid. There was 
p800 raised for improvements and expenses not scheduled in 
;he regular budget. New song books and a new furnace were 
purchased, and the debt on the parsonage was paid in full. 

At our Rally Ray Service a beautiful reproduction of Hoff- 
nan's famous painting "Christ Knocking on the Door" was 

presented to the church by Mrs. Bond and her daughter, Mrs. 
Harold Bond, deceased. This picture was painted by ^.^rs. 
Harry Crider, of Mexico. 

We feel that we have indeed been blessed, and for these 
blessings we are truly thankful. 

Mrs. W. B. Eikenberry, Corresponding Secretary. 


The Brethren Berean Band of Northern California held 
their annual New Year's Eve watch party at the home of Mr. 
and Mrs. Gus Schmiedt and son Lester, Lester being the 
president of the organization. 

The first hours of the evening were enjoyed by all in play- 
ing games appropriate to the occasion The pastors and eld- 
ers enjoyed the games as did the young people. Mrs. Tessie 
DePriest was in charge. Mrs. Ora Mae Piel had charge of 
games for the children. 

The group enjoyed the presence of a number from Stock- 
ton. There is an established church work there now and a 
large prospectus. Brother Frank Gehman, their pastor, was 
with us and we enjoyed his presence as he took such an active 
part in the games. 

About 11 :00 o'clock the service was given over to Virgil 
Ingraham, and he conducted an hour of devotions, bringing 
out the message of Christ being born into the world and then 
crucified to save us from our sins and give us eternal salva- 
tion. This was a very impressive service. At the hour the 
old year was to go out and the new year come in every one 
was standing and different ones of the Band offered prayers 
and the closing prayer was given by our Pastor Counselor, 
Brother J. Wesley Piatt, from Manteca. 

We were then dismissed by Brother J. J. Reppert, of 
Stockton. Delicious refreshments were served at the close 
of the evening's program and devotional hour. 

Everyone had a very good time; the only regret of tlte eve- 
ning was the absence of a few of our members, namely, Har- 
old Detling who was critically injured Christmas night in .an 
automobile accident and Harold Mathews who was with him 
at the time, but not injured quite so badly. 

The Bereans thank God for the good Christian fellowship 
they can enjoy and thank Him for His goodness. Let us all 
times remember our scripture verse: Acts 17:11, ". . .in that 
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and 
searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." 
I sincerely remain. 
Brethren Berean Band Corresponding Secretary, 

Florence Wolfe. 




The Brethren Evangelist 

Christian Endeavor 
Topics For Young People 


Scripture Lesson: Luke 9:49, 50; Galatians 3:26-29 
Daily Bible Reading 

Intolerance Rewarded, Esther 7:7-10. 
Christ and the Syrophoenician, Mark 7:24-30. 
A Roman Friend of the Jews, Luke 7:1-5. 
Christ and the Samaritan Woman, John 4:7-10. 
One Body, One Spirit, I Cor. 12:12-14. 
Christ, "All in All", Col. 3:10, 11. 

For the Leader 

Present day evidence seems to indicate that efforts are be- 
ing made to teach American youth the art of hating other 
races and nations. It is not out in the open, for then it could 
be met and defeated, but it works underhanded so that it ac- 
complishes its deadly work without being apprehended. A 
word here, and sentence there, some deed, some act and some- 
one else develops a feeling of emnity towards one of another 
race. Not much, perhaps, with each individual, but the sum 
total of all such acts and feelings can do much in a short 
time to plunge this entire nation into war against a nation 
whose people our people have been taught to hate. 

Christian young people of America can accomplish a great 
and noble work among their school mates and work compan- 
ions by teaching the ideals of Christ in regards to hate and 
tolerance. If we teach that other people do not want war, 
and do not hate us in their hearts, we will have gone a long 
way in building up a spirit of love for peoples of other na- 

As our source of information on this subject we must turn 
to God's Word. 


from the dust of the ground. From him God made Eve. 
They were instructed to "be fruitful, and multiply, and re- 
plenish the earth." The ancestry of every human being of 
today goes back to Adam and iEve. Regardless of color, race 
or breed, we all have a common ancestry. And for those who 
are now in Christ, the feeling of brotherhood is even strong- 
er. Because of past prejudices, we find it hard to maintain 
a warm feeling towards people of some other race or nation. 
Yet if we were to meet them, talk with them, and learn their 
way of life, we would find them "just as human as we are." 

CHRIST DIED FOR ALL MEN. If there had been but one 
lone sinner in the world, the love of Christ would have 
prompted Him to give His life for the salvation of that one 
sinner. But all men are sinners, and Christ, the all-suffi- 
cient Savior, died for all of them. We may find it hard to 
associate \vith people of other colors, or to think well of 
those who are causing destruction through war, yet we can- 
not overlook the fact that God has an interest in them. 

Paul says that we are all the children of God by faith in 
Christ Jesus. Jesus was not "race prejudiced". If He had 
been, we would never have received the Gospel, for Jesus 
was of the Jewish race. Jesus said, "the son of man is come 
to seek and to save that which was lost". All men are lost 
sinners until redeemed by faith in Christ. So, this puts a 
new light on what our toleration of other races and people 
should be. Instead of scorn and hate, we should seek to 
maintain an attitude of friendliness and love. 

ish to think that our opinion or our decision was always the 
right one. People run into conflict with society when they 
stubbornly insist that they are right and everybody else is 
wrong. Other people may not think as we do, yet we are to 
be tolerant of them. We do not gain anything by building 
up a feeling of hate towards a person who does not agree 
with us. The best way to get along with people is to prayer- 
fully imagine yourself in their position and determine just 
what makes them do the things which irk you. They may 
have a good reason for doing the thing which annoys you. 

NON-TOLERATION. We are to be tolerant of other peo- 
ple's ideas and plans as long as they do not strike at the 
fundamentals of our Christian faith. It would be foolish to 
tolerate stones and weeds and insect pests in our garden; 
such must be cleaned out. It is even more foolish to tolerate 
worldliness, modernism, etc., in our Christian life. We can- 
not stand by and see the powers of this world come into our 
churches and classes with their teachings of new world or- 
ders free living, sinful amusements, etc., without taking a 
firm stand against these things. Of course we cannot pre- 
vent these deviltries for circulating' around us, but we can 
prevent them from taking over our life. We dare not sit 
back in toleration of the growing efforts on the part of men 
of the world to rob the church of her youth. We must be- 
come definite in our stand against such attractions and turn 
more of our efforts to building up the church as a haven of 
peace for American youth. 

TOLERATION. The Christian religion needs to be re- 
spected. Ignorant people everywhere are making a pretense 
of knowing all about our religion, but their knowledge is 
near the zero mark. We who are informed should make plain 
the statements of our faith. We are taught to be tolerant 
of other people and races. As we are tolerant of them, we 
should teach them the salvation through the Christ who has 
made toleration possible. "With Christ there is neither Jew 
nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female — ye are all one in 


1. Youth faces a problem in attending high school group 
parties today. How far can a Christian young person go in. 
tolerating the games played and the forms of amusement! 
provided? Should he tolerate card playing, drinking, danc-l 
ing, etc. ? 

2. How far should we, according to Scripture, go in toler- , 
ating the presence and companionship of "foreigners" "the 
colored people" the "hoboes" that come to our door, etc.? , 
How far do we actually go in making them feel equal with 

3. If we say that we will tolerate people of all races, does ' 
that mean we would go as far as to invite them to stay in , 
our home, adopt one of their children into our family, or 
marry one of them as a life companion? What social and 
racial barriers are there which would prevent us from so do- 
ing? Are such barriers scriptural? Explain. 


Make this a missionay program. Show where churches 
are maintaining world mission fields. Have short talks or 
conditions which the missionaries meet when associating 


'ebruary 1, 1941 


ith the people to which they are taking the Gospel. If you 
ive any of "foreign" or "colored" descent in your group in- 
te them to tell their impressions of Americans from their 
ewpoint. Have them tell what they think about tolerance 
■ other people. 

From the Bible 

Mark 7:24-30. Christ was put to a test here, for this wo- 
an, a Greek, and not a Jew came to Him and asked Him to 
!al her daughter. Had Jesus been intolerant, He would 
ive told her to go her way, defending Himself on the 
-ounds that He was a Jew, sent to help the Jews. He 
ight have said, "Let the Greeks take care of the Greeks". 
it no, He met the test, and, after perceiving her faith, as- 
ired her that the daughter was healed. Such is our lesson 

for today. We cannot assume the attitude of letting other 
people help themselves, but we who have help are to help. 
We who have the Gospel are to take it to those who have 
not, regardless of race or nation. 

Col. 3:10, 11. It is interesting to note, as Christians, that 
when the labors of this life are over, we shall appear before 
Christ without the "ear-marks" of our nationality here. So 
then we will be as one people out of every nation and kindred 
of the earth. This is a vital point for us as Christian En- 
deavorers to remember. It will help us in forming our ideas 
of respect and tolerance towards those that we are inclined, 
perhaps, to consider among the "lower classes of people. It 
takes a true-hearted Christian to have tolerance towards all 

W. St. Claire Benshoff, Topic Editor. 

Our Children's Department 



ear Children: 

Today we will talk about "A LOST HEART AND WHERE 

? WAS FOUND." We will use Matthew 6:21, "Where your 

easure is, there will your heart be also," for our memory 


A little girl, daughter of a Western banker, was anxious to 

•ing her father to Jesus, but he always said, when she talk- 

1 with him on the subject, that he was too busy at the bank 

id did not have time to think of religion. This troubled the 

ttle girl very greatly, because she knew her father's soul 

as in danger if he did not give his heart to Jesus. It seem- 

1 to her as if he had given his heart to the bank and not to 


One night the little girl went to bed with a troubled mind, 
id in her sleep had this strange dream. She thought her 
ither came down stairs one morning and said that when he 
ffoke he discovered that somewhere during the night he had 
st his heart. He could not feel it beating in his breast, and 
lerefore was sure some power had taken it away from him, 
id he was without a heart. The little girl thought, in her 
reams, that she heard all the family laugh at this strange 
;ory of Daddy, and they said, "Father must have lost his 
ind;" but he only said, putting his hand upon his breast, 
Vly heart is not here, I have lost it somewhere." The little 
irl was greatly troubled because she thought it was sure 
lat her father would soon die, because he could not live 
ithout a heart. Then in her dream a good angel came to 
5r and said: "Dear little girl, your father is right. He has 
ideed lost his heart. He loves his gold, he loves it so much 
lat he has given himself to the bank and forgotten God. 
ow, little girl, you can help your father find his heart again, 
)r I am going to tell you where his heart has gone." The 
igel said, "On yonder shelf you will see a little iron bank; 
pen it up, and you will find buried beneath the coins of this 

bank your father's heart." She did as the good angel di- 
rected, and there, sure enough amidst the copper and silver 
coins, she found her Daddy's heart. She was very glad at 
this find, and in her great joy she awoke from her dream. 

The next day she told her father about her dream, which 
she had the previous night. He listened to it thoughtfully 
and said something about foolish little girls who think out 
strange things in their sleep, and then he turned toward his 
bank and spent another day, amidst his banking books. But 
all day long his thoughts were upon his little girl and her 
foolish dream, but the more he thought about it the less fool- 
ish it seemed, and at last he said to himself, "Dear little 
dreamer, God was talking to you in your sleep and was talk- 
ing to me also. It is true I have lost my heart. It is bur- 
ied under the gold in my bank. I have loved my gold more 
than God, and have given my bank my heart. The Good Book 
says, 'Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.' 
My treasure is in my bank. There is my heart also." This 
message from dreamland caused him to give his heart to 
God, and he became a Christian, and then he let God keep 
his heart for him, and so Jesus found the father's heart and 
kept it for him forever more. 

We should each one examine ourselves and see where our 
heart is. We want to be sure that our hearts are not hidden 
under our penny bank, some of our toys or in some selfish de- 
sire. If we want our hearts to be kept safely we must go to 
God's house and learn about Jesus. V/hen we have learned 
about Him we will want Him to take our hearts and keep 
them safely for us. He is the only one who can keep hearts 

With love, in Christ's name. 

Aunt Loretta, 

513 Bowman St.. 

Mansfield. Ohio 















I count it a pleasure and privilege to try to ex- 
press my appreciation to the Benevolent Board and 
the contributing members of the Church for their 
gifts; it means more than one can know until you 
are in need of that gift and receive same. 

The Board is anxious to distribute these funds, 
l)ut are only able to do what the members of the 
Brotherhood are willing to give loyally to this wor- 
thy cause, the funds needed for this purpose. 

May the dear Lord bless our Beloved Brethren 
Church that She may STAND TRUE TO THE 
WORD as she always has, may She be able by HIS 
Grace to over come all the hindrances and be victor- 

Mrs. L. G. Wood, Fort Scott, Kans. 

Mrs. L. G. Wood 

I want to tell all the dear ones that give to the 
Superannuated Minister's Fund how much I appre- 
ciate their kindness in helping myself and others 
who are no longer able to help themselves. 

I am getting older each year, but I love THE 
BRETHREN CHURCH and her work, and wish I 
could do more for her. God's blessing on all his 
children. Mrs. B. H. Flora, North Liberty, Ind. 

Mrs. Ben Flora 

Thank YOU. 

It is impossible for me to express in words my 
deep appreciation of the help given me by the Bene- 
volent Board of our Church. 

However I will try by GOD'S GRACE to live so 
that I may be worthy of this kindness. 

Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter 

I am so glad that THE BRETHREN CHURCH 
I want to thank the Board for my check that comes 
each month. I am sending One Dollar for this of- 
fei-ing to also show my appreciation in a material 
way. May the Lord bless each one of you. 
Mrs. Florence Kimmel, 

New Paris, Ind. 

Rev. M. L. Sands 

Word comes from Sister Sands that Brother M. 
L. Sands, who is receiving his monthly remuneration 
from the Board is very ill and confined to his bed. 
Their appreciation for the work of the Board is ex- 
pressed in this note. Will you offer up a prayer to 
God for this good brother? 


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February 8, 1941 






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ANNOUNCEMENT COMES of a course in Leadership 
Training in the Goshen, Indiana, Church. It tells of the two 
very important courses of "Training for Service" and that 
of "Personal Work." It is running for several consecutive 
Monday nights. 

REV. DELBERT FLORA, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Elkhart, Indiana, is making the new church there 
do duty immediately following the dedication. A "Revival 
and Evangelistic Meeting" is announced in the bulletin of 
recent date. This meeting will continue from February 10 to 
23. Brother Flora will be his own evangelist. 

Brother W. S. Benshoff concerning his weekly bulletin. On 
January 12th there were 150 bulletins distributed and that 
he had to "scrape" up enough for mailing. He could only 
find ten "used" copies in the entire building. Then he makes 
this significant statement: "Sunday evening church attend- 
ance up. It pays to advertise." 

REV. C. Y. GILMER, pastor of the Vinco, Penn., Brethren 
Church, has caught the vision of the need of a new Publish- 
ing Building. He gave the entire front page of his January 
19th bulletin to the telling of the plans of the Publication 
Board. Thanks, Brother Gilmer, for the "Boost." 

AND BY THE WAY, scarcely a church calendar has come 
to us in the past few weeks that has not contained announce- 
ment concerning the Publication Day Offering and calling 
attention to the necessity of renewing of subscriptions to 
The Brethren Evangelist. Do you read your Bulletins? 

WORD COMES from Brother H. M. Oberholtzer, pastor of 
the Huntington, Indiana, Church of a splendid service con- 
ducted by the young people of the church when he was com- 
pelled to be absent. We come more and more to appreciate 
our young people as we see them work. 


Interesting Items 2 

Our Brethren In Every City— J. R. K .3 

The Missionary Church, a Growing Church — 

Rev. George H. Jones 4 

The Importance of the Missionary Spirit to the Christian — 

Arthur R. Baer 5 

Strengthening Home Bases — Rev. R. D. Murray 7 

Some Things a Layman Should Know — Harold Whybrew 8 

Publication Offering for the New Building 9 

News from the College and Seminary — 

President E. G. Mason 10 

Sunday is an Unholy Day — Dr. Chas. A. Bame 11 

Our Children's Department 12 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) 13 

Christian Endeavor Topic 14 

Among the Churches 15 

January Mission Contributions 16 




Layman's Sunday, March 9, 1941 

Laymen to be in charge of at least one 

Offering to be lifted for 

Improving Shipshewana and promotional 

work among laymen. 

Send all offerings to 

Charles Webb 

315 S. Eighth Street 

Goshen, Indiana 

Layman's Sunday for Indiana District 
planned by officers of Indiana District Lay- 
man's Association. 

Arthur R. Baer, President. 



Our Brethren in every city — 

see how they do 


—Acts 15:36 

In Pennsylvania 

One naturally rejoices when some of our Church- 
es speak forth in great services. Recently, on a very 
cold morning, we were delighted to accompany Rev. 
Crick during his hurried duties of the day. We 
visited the Second Brethren Church, of Johnstown, 
where a splendid audience was in attendance. We 
also found a very active group at work in the 3rd 
Church at Johnstown and listened to a choir number 
.at the evening service which has been a real contri- 
bution to our lives. It was entitled "Bless Me Now" 
by Stella M. Ford. There was a large gi'oup of 
Brethren awaiting the W. M. S. Service in our Con- 
emaugh Church which meeting was presided over 
by Mrs. Walter Wertz. We received a check for $145 
from members of The First Church in Johnstown 
who had not yet sent in their Missionary Offering, 
and another $5. 

If you have not visited the Berlin Brethren 
Church where Reverend Victor LeatheiTnan holds 
forth you have a real surprise and blessing awaiting 
you. Reverend Leatherman and Reverend Crick are 
both very busy men in GUI' District Mission work in 
Pennsylvania, but both of them have time to visit 
and show you their work. One of our finest Breth- 
ren buildings is in Berlin. A splendid congregation 
was in attendance Sunday morning with a real spir- 
it of devotion and worship. 

Thank You, Sister Rutt 

Word comes by mail that Sister Harvey Rutt, of 
Smithville, Ohio, has answered our call in The Breth- 
ren Evangelist for a projector. Thank you. Sister 
Rutt. We have always appreciated your spirit of 
helpfulness and faithfulness. This will serve your 
denomination in a very real way. 

New Kensington 

Just for the experience of it we thought it would 
be of interest to drop in on a Sunday afternoon and 
see the First Brethren Church at New Kensington 
perform. This, you will remember, is a new church, 
meeting in a school building. And such a bad and 
slippery day! But there were 60 present with an 
offering of over $4.00. And such a program in 
Scripture verses and Gospel choruses as they per- 
formed would inspire anyone. Reverend and Mrs. 
Floyd Sibert have been going to New Kensington on 
Sunday afternoons and holding forth there, hurry- 
ing out of their Pittsburg Church to reach the 

field. This field seems to present a very happy and 
bright prospect for a great Brethren Church. Sure- 
ly this must be attended to. 

How's Your Christian Endeavor? 

In the 3rd Brethren Church of Johnstown we 
listened to a Christian Endeavor program that was 
really exceptional. I know of no school or institu- 
tion where a young man or young lady could receive 
better training in speaking and thinking than there. 
Such discussions as those young men and women 
brought foi'th! We congratulate them. They had 
their church moderator help them with a topic. Our 
churches which have no Christian Endeavor are suf- 
fering a real loss now, but more of a loss ten years 
from now when the church will need real leadership. 

Easter Time Again ! 

We are wondering how many of our Brethren will 
really attempt to do something outstanding for our 
Lord and His great cause this Easter. Brethren, 
every wide awake church should right now be plan- 
ning how and when it will lift its Easter Offering 
for our Missionary Board's work. Your Board has 
sent Dr. Yoder to start a new work for us in South 
America. We must have your financial help. And 
could you think of going through an Easter day 
without a great offering from your church for the 
missionaries? We can be thankful to God that our 
missionary investments in South America net great 
gains for the amount of money invested. By that 
we mean that we are not constantly in an uproar as 
to what is going to happen. It is to our advantage 
and our Lord's advantage to build something for the 
years ahead, not for the dictators. We are thankful 
that we have an open field and a great call in South 
America where Dr. Yoder is getting a splendid new 
work started. YOU CANNOT AFFORD to overlook 
Christ in your Easter Offering. 

Furthermore, do you not really feel that it is time 
some of our Brethren Churches awoke to our possi- 
bilities in AMERICA too for our Lord? Your Mis- 
sionary Board is praying for your very best help 
this Easter. Please start now. 

Answering the Challenge 

It is most gratifying to see the way our Brethren 
are responding to the challenge of the Lord. Many 
individual and church offerings show appreciable in- 

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creases this month. Several phenomenal increases 
are the offerings from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Flora, 
Indiana, Waterloo, Iowa. The Pleasant Hill Breth- 
ren, where Reverend Samuel Adams is the pastor in- 
creased their offering better than 19 times that of 
last year; a splendid offering of $267.58 came in. 
Flora, Indiana, where Vernon Grisso is pastor, rais- 
ed their offering of last year from $34.75 to $230.68 
this year. Reverend William C. Benshoff's Water- 
loo, Iowa, Brethren raised their offering from 
$187.60 last year to $320 this year. 

Oakville, Indiana, where Reverend L. V. King is 
pastor, sent in a total offering for the past two years 
amounting to $577.22. Smithville, Ohio, Brethren, 
where Reverend J. G. Dodds is pastor, sent in the 
fine amount of $433.18. Both New Lebanon and 
West Alexandria, Ohio, led by Reverend C. C. Gris- 
so, increased last year's offering, New Lebanon 
bringing last year's total of $87.09 to $121.50 this 

year and West Alexandria increasing last year's 
gift of $10 to $92.75 this year, one brother, H. J. 
Riner, giving over one-half the total. The Vinco, 
Pennsylvania, Church, pastored by Reverend C. Y. 
Gilmer, raised $56 more this year than last, making 
this year's offering $159.38. 

In reporting the offerings for this month mention 
should also be made of those churches which show 
a definite increase over last year's offerings: In 
Pennsylvania, Johnstown Second, Jones Mills, Allen- 
town, Uniontown Second; in Indiana, Milford, 
Dutchtown, Roann, Center Chapel, Warsaw. Stock- 
ton, California, and Rittman, Ohio, both newly or- 
ganized churches show their spirit of Brethrenism 
with a Thanksgiving offering from each of them. 

To all you Brethi-en, churches and individuals, 
who are responding to the call we sincerely thank 
you. J. R. K. 

The Missionary Church, 

A Growing Church 

Acts 9:10, 11, 12, 13 

Reverend George H. Jones 

When a church neglects its missionary opportu- 
nities, that church ceases to grow. In proportion as 
its zeal for missions burns, its spiritual powers in- 
crease. It has always been true that a church mul- 
tiplies its powers when it excels in its missionary 
work. Better a blundering attempt to do some kind 
of mission work than none at all. Blunders will be 
made, but there are ways of reducing our blunders, 
if we are Christ-like enough to pursue them. 

Opportunities for expansion are many, and a 
church finds them only as it practices its apostolic 
power. And the apostolic power is dependent upon 
the apostolic spirit. The early church found even 
misfortune, dire and heart-breaking, a means of 
proclaiming the Gospel, when it carried with it 
Christ's commission. The scattering of the disciples 
upon the persecutions that arose from the death of 
Stephen, bi-ought opportunities for planting new 
churches wherever the fleeing discijiles found re- 

These first followers of Jesus found "That all 
things work togetlier for good to tliem that love 
God," Rom. 8:28. Up until this time the disciples 

had been largely recruited from the Jewish faith, in 
fact many believed the riches of the Christian life 
were to be exclusive Jewish blessings. A new start 
had to be made to change what was apparently in 
clanger of becoming a narrowing circle of divine fa- 
vor. These persecuted believers wherever they 
lodged became the seed of new mission churches 
from Ephesus to Corinth. In this new era the Jew 
began to lose and the Gentiles to win leadership in 
the apostolic church. New fields of expanding mis- 
sionary growth, undreamed of by the actors in the 
broadening stage of world action, were opened. 
The How 

Every new era of church success begins with a 
missionary effort. The work of converting the Gen- 
tiles was taken up in an organized manner when the 
confusion attending tlie flight of the Pentecostal be- 
lievers began to subside. 

The days following the resurrection appearances 
of Jesus had been spent in educating the hundreds 
of disciples into testifying witnesses. The blasts of 
persecution sent them preaching everywhere. This 
was God utihzing the wrath of man to work out His 

February 8, 1941 

Will. Often it is the best method of expanding the 
Church. He adapts his purpose to our conditions 
more often than we realize. His work too often 
bends itself to our personalities, that by every 
usable means He might advance His Cause. 

We are facing a new era in The Brethren Church 
of today. We hope the past has taught us some sal- 
utary lessons. Our lessons will be of little value un- 
less we have learned to be humble ourselves. We 
pray it may be kept in mind that humility is the 
first sought and last won of the rich heritage of 
Christian character. 

Splendid fields of service lie before us. Eager 
pastors with a fine cooperative spirit await the new 
order with expectant minds. Proper balance in those 
who direct the work and a teachable state of mind 
in those who hear will bring constructive and out- 
standing success. But the difference between suc- 
cess and failure is often a matter of individual atti- 
tude, so that a great future is possible only if a 
great likeness to Christ is sought as the first re- 
quisite in that new era. 

Arrogant and dictatorial manners and natures 
never long succeed in a Christian fellowship. Many 
of our pastors are eagerly waiting to cooperate as 
fellow workers in the future with the new spirit of 
missions in The Brethren Church. 

Tomorrow's opportunities are today's problems. 
A church with a divided loyalty is an impossibility. 

Jesus said, "A house divided against itself will fall." 
Its chances of success are divided. It not only feels 
the spirit of division, but suffers paralysis from it. 
Each contender is certain he is right. Only God 
knows who is primarily to blame. But of this we 
may be sure, the chief factor in any successful en- 
terprise, the Christian Church or a secular organi- 
zation, must depend fundamentally for its future 
and present power upon a loyalty that knows no 
compromise. Loyalty cannot be tampered with, no 
matter the "Ifs" and "Perhaps". It is primary in 
any human or divine effort. "The Bible, the whole 
Bible, and nothing but the Bible" is the Brethren 
plea. To succeed we must get back to our funda- 
mental plea. The genius of Brethrenism has been 
the simplicity of its dependence on the Word, the 
All-sufficient Word itself. Of course we may ex- 
pect differentiation, but God made us as different in 
our thinking as He has made us in our physical re- 
semblances. That we expect. 

If this will be our unyielding attitude, we will be 
back again to our original platform of power and 
not personal, vain glory. Let us stick to the Book 
and leave to others the "tinkering" with the Faith. 
We may be sure of our Faith and Foundations. Let 
others look after themselves. We may profitably 
stick to our "Knititng". A missionary church with 
a Biblical state of mind and a cooperative ministry 
is a growing church. Let us prove it. 

Muncie, Indiana 


The Importance of the 

Missionary Spirit 

to the Christian 

Arthur R. Baer 

What relation has the Missionary Spirit to Chris- 
tianity? It is not likely that any one would ques- 
tion the relation or importance of the circulatory 
system, the blood with its red and white corpuscles, 
to the human body. If either the red or white cor- 
puscles are not present in sufficient numbers, di- 
sease results, and death is sure to follow if the con- 
dition is not promptly corrected. The functions of 
the red and white corpuscles are so well known that 
it is needless to do more than call them to your at- 
tention. If for any reason the balance is upset the 

corpuscles cannot perform their functions, the blood 
stream then becomes contaminated and poisonous, 
and as it flows, spreads disease over the entire body. 
Analogous to the blood stream is the Missionary 
Spirit in the life of a Christian. The Missionary 
Spirit is the medium that brings strength and vi- 
tality and produces action in the various Christian 
contacts. Also as the Missionary Spirit is cultiva- 
ted and permitted to function, it acts as a cleansing 
agent, relieving the spiritual life of those poisons 
generated by inbreeding selfish desires. Were it 

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not for the Missionary Spirit refreshing and vita- 
lizing the Christian Ufe, few if any of the Christian 
graces could thrive. 

It seems the Master must have visioned some such 
vital relationship to the faithful, fruitful Christian 
life, since His last command was, "Go Ye." To 
thwart the Missionary Spirit is like damming up the 
blood stream with a blood clot; it is extremely ser- 
ious, and fatal unless speedily remedied. An unfail- 
ing test for the presence of life in the human body 
is to puncture the skin. If life is not extinct blood 
will flow. Is not the presence of the Missionary 
Spirit as certain a test for spiritual life ? If the cry- 
ing need of others does not touch the heart and 
cause the Missionary Spirit to flow with definite 
tangible purpose, may we not assume that the spir- 
itual fire is at best reduced to embers, if not wholly 
extinct ? 

The Missionary Spirit and through it the Mission- 
ary entei-prise is not something to be given an oc- 
casional collection as may be convenient, somewhat 
as one might give a bone to a hungi-y dog. It is not 
something extraneous to Christianity or the church. 
It is not a spiritual elective. It is not an attitude to 
be assumed or cast aside at pleasure. It is an in- 
tegral part of the Christian life, so vital, that we 
have a right to question whether Christianity as a 
whole, or in the individual, can endure without it. 
It is Christianity in the simplest and most under- 
standable form. 

The Missionary Spirit in man is a force which 
prevents his allegience being an intellectual appre- 
hension of the tenets of the Christian faith. Other 
forces may make man a more decent animal, and 
give him greater efficiency, but this force works an 
internal transformation. A transformation so re- 
markable that it involves not only the man himself 
but all his relationships. The Missionary Spirit is 
not passive, it is a dynamic force of reconstruction. 
The men of Thessalonica uttered a profound truth 
when they complained that Paul and Silas had turn- 

ed the world up side down, because it was wrong 
side up. 

Missionary enterprise is not the business exclu- 
sively of Missionary Boards and their representa- 
tives, nor does it rest solely upon preachers and Wo- 
man's Missionary Societies, it rests upon the indi- 
vidual Christian. Some one has said, "The responsi- 
bilities and privileges of the Christian life are in- 
separable, and no one who repudiates the former has 
a right to the latter." The Christian is a marked 
man among his fellows and is distinguished not 
merely for his difference in faith and morality but 
for his Missionary Spirit. 

I would not minimize the imperfections that occur 
in Christians. They have them. But I must con- 
fess to a belief that these imperfections are less se- 
cure in a life pervaded by the Missionary Spirit. I 
cannot forget that the charge to All is to make dis- 
ciples; nor would I forget James 5:20, "Let him 
know, that he which converteth the sinner from the 
error of his way shall save a soul from death and 
shall hide a multitude of sins." 

One chief cause of spiritual poverty, is to live too 
much for self. The remedy for a low spiritual vital- 
ity is an adequate support of missionary enterprise. 
When Henry Martyn lay dying of fever in Persia, 
he received a letter asking how the interest of the 
church at home could be increased, replied, "Tell 
them to live more with Christ ; to catch more of His 
spirit; for the spirit of Christ is the spirit of mis- 
sions, and the nearer we get to Him, the more in- 
tensely missionary we become." 

Do you ask, what is the importance of the Mis- 
sionary Spirit to the Christian? The Missionary 
Spirit is the Holy Spirit in Man's life. As easy to 
live physically without the circulatory system as to 
live spiritually without the Missionary Spirit. The 
Missionary Spirit is the blood-stream of Christian- 

Muncie, Indiana 


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"Evangelism is the winning of men to Christ's way." 

"Evangelism seeks to swing human lives into fellowship with God 

"Personal work and personal testimony lie at the heart of all sane evange- 

"The Gospel's impact upon the human being is electric and powerful." 

"Evangelism is not an elaborate propaganda but a searching spiritual ;; 
^PP^^'-" —From Nappanee, Ind. Bulletin. •• 

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Home Bases 

Reverend D. R. MuiTay 

"But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit 
is come upon you : and ye shall be my witnesses both 
in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and un- 
to the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8. 

These words of Christ were intended not alone for 
His immediate disciples present at the ascension, but 
for all who would be His disciples to the end of time. 
These words are for us today who believe on Him 
and serve Him. Christ Jesus has provided salva- 
tion for the whole world. But that all might avail 
themselves of His saving grace it is necessary that 
the message of salvation be proclaimed to all the 
earth. The preaching of the Gospel of Salvation is 
the special commission to the church. The first 
great work or mission of the church and of the in- 
dividual followers of Christ is that of witnessing 
and testifying for Christ to a lost world. 

As we understand by the Lord's commission the 
church is engaged in a world program. There is 
really no division in God's field, for the world is the 
field. But we divide the work of missions into 
ilome and Foreign as a matter of convenience. Hom3 
and Foreign Missions are divisions of the same 
work established on the basis of distance. 

For our study of "Strengthening Home Bases" we 
are thinking especially in terms of Home Missions. 
But let it be understood that we are fully aware that 
our home mission program must go beyond itself in- 
to the uttermost part of the earth. A home mission 
program that is self-centered means death not only 
to itself but to the foreign program as well. Even in 
Home Missions we must think in terms of the world, 
for then our vision will be enlarged for the home 

The immediate task of the home mission forces is 
to help make America Christian. This task calls for 
an ambitious and far-reaching mission program in 
our own land. As we face this problem it seems so 
large and baffling because sin and crime are every- 
where present in America. More and more it seems 
that people are forgetting and turning away from 
God and godly things. There is a growing tendency 
to desecrate the Lord's holy day and turn it into a 
holiday for unrighteousness. Also even in the 
church it is difficult to get our Christian people to 
consider themselves set apart as personal evangel- 
ists in the home field. 

In strengthening our home bases through Home 

Missions there are two important phases to the 
work. New fields need to be entered and the mes- 
sage of salvation preached to those who have not as 
yet had the opportunity of accepting the Salvation 
of the Lord. This new work is essential in order 
that the denomination might be enlarged and new 
churches founded. But the other phase of Home 
Missions is just as essential; that is, the helping, en- 
couraging, and strengthening of our smaller church- 
es already established. We have much to gain in 
making it possible for a small fellowship of Breth- 
ren people to enlarge their church activities and 
widen their sphere of church influence. We need 
larger and stronger Brethren churches as well as 
more Brethren Churches. 

What is our part as individual Christians, as mem- 
bers of The Brethren Church, in the work of Home 
Missions? It is much easier to say what we ought 
to do than it is to do it. Jesus said, "Tarry at Jeru- 
salem." First of all we need to tarry until we feel 
the presence of the divine power. We must cease to 
depend upon human means and agencies for effi- 
ciency in our mission work and look up to Him who 
promised the gift of the Holy Spirit. We Christian 
workers of today, realizing the magnitude of the 
work of witnessing for Him, the difficulties to be 
overcome, and a sense of our own weakness to do 
the work, must fall upon our knees befoi'e God and 
plead for the power of the Spirit. A praying Chris- 
tian is a spirit powered Christian, and a group of 
praying Christians make a spirit powered church. 

As members of the church we need to render real 
sacrificial personal service for the cause of Home 
Missions. No work can be carried on without work- 
ers. Thank God for the many faithful mission 
workers of the past and present; the home mission 
workers alongside of the foreign mission workers. 
Only by their consecrated hves of service has the 
work progressed thus far, and their real reward will 
come only in glory with the Master whom they have 
loved and served. The call for more workers in His 
vineyard here in America needs to be ever ringing 
in the ears of the church. There is opportunity for 
all to render some real personal sei-vice in our home 
mission work. 

As there must be a complete surrender and con- 
secration of ourselves to the couse of missions so 


The Brethren Evangelist 

there must be a complete surrender and consecra- 
tion of our means to this great work. It has cost 
something to carry the program of Home Missions 
up to now and it will cost more to carry on for Christ 
to make America Christian. There should be suf- 
ficient finances coming into our mission treasury in 
order that our church can do her Christ-appointed 
part in the cause of witnessing for Him. As indi- 
vidual members and congregations we should re- 
spond with our increased offerings. 

Strengthening our home mission program is vital 
to the life of our church both in America and beyond 
the seas. Christ is sufficient for this task in these 
trying times. May we by pi'ayer, consecrated serv- 
ice, wise planning, and sacrificial living be sufficient 
to the task before us ; an enlarging program of Home 
Missions. We can be assured the Lord will be with 
us in our endeavor to strengthen home bases. 

Columbus, Ohio 


Some Things a 

Layman Should Know 

Harold Whybrew 

There are so many things a layman should know, 
but I believe one of the most important is PERSON- 
AL EVANGELISM for it is the greatest work in 
the world and is commissioned to every believer. The 
only way to become a good soul winner is through 
practice (sincere and prayerful). One of the great- 
test rewards a layman can receive is through soul 
winning. "He that winneth souls is wise." "They 
that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the 
firmament, and they that turn many to righteous- 
ness as the stars forever and ever." This work is 
both easy and hard. It is easy in the sense that 
spiritually it is the natural and normal thing to do. 
When you feel the inclination and desire to win peo- 
ple, that is the leading of the Holy Spirit. When 
you are seeking for some good reason or excuse for 
not doing so that is the work of the devil. There is 
only one way that soul winning can progress and 
that is through the Christian layman. If he fails 
to do this work, then God's chief witness has failed 

To the prospect never was there so great a gift 
offered. The Son of the Living God died that they 
might have eternal life by only accepting Him, they 
can become the sons of God and joint heirs with Je- 
sus Christ. It will give them greater personality. 
They will find a quiet peacefulness that passes all 
understanding. "There is, therefore, now no con- 
demnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who 
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." 

It is very essential that the church encourage her 
laymen to do soul winning. Tliey will fiiid it, if earn- 
estly and prayerfully sought after, one of the rarest 
blessings they can receive. The church will take on 
new life, it will become better established and more 
stable. After all this is the Lord's way. A church 

that tries to set the world on fire soon bums out. 
But a church that wins souls as individuals will 
steadily grow and do far more good. 

POWER OF TITHING in the home and in the 
church. I have found in my own Christian ex- 
perience that tithing has helped me in man- 
aging my home affairs. I received my instruc- 
tions on baptism and at the same time was told 
about the power of tithing. I started when I joined 
church under Reverend J. Ray Klingensmith. I 
never had any personal gain in mind, but gave it as 
an obligation that I owed God, for after all He gives 
me all that I receive. I surely can afford to give 
Him back His tenth or tithe, the amount that right- 
fully belongs to Him. Why should I receive a re- 
ward ? But I have in many ways. It brought me in 
closer fellowship with Him. I now feel He has an 
interest in my work because I am willing to give 
what He asks of me. I can ask for more in my pray- 
ers and feel more certain they will be answered. I 
have found that when I give my tithe as the first 
obligation to be met the rest of my money goes just 
as far or,farther than it did before I started to tithe. 
It has been three years since I started to tithe and 
auring this time my wages have been increase one 
tenth. I think, dear reader, if I had never received 
the one tenth increase in earnings I still would be 
ahead. I am sure, regardless how small the income, 
God^still expects His share. 

The tithe is not only a power to the layman and 
liis home, but it is equally important to the church. 
If every layman would tithe, the financial problems 
of every church would be solved. Her missionary 
program would vastly increase and help to spread 

February 8, 1941 

the Gospel to all nations. Her -power Would demand 
respect in any community. Think what it would 
mean to your church and then what it would mean 
to the brotherhood if every member of each chureh 

As a layman helps the church grow and become 
more powerful in the community he has an eager- 
ness to do the work assigned to him regardless of 
how small or hard the task may be for him to do. 

One's increasing ability starts when the first 
duty that is assigned to him is completed. As each 
duty is completed he becomes more useful and de- 
pendable. God needs apprentices for all His work, 
because God's workmen must become skilled labor- 
ers. In any work the more skilled the workman the 
easier his work becomes. God must know who His 
workmen are. Therefore one cannot work for the 
Devil all day and expect to do God's work at night 
and be successful. 

God is like the great tool and die maker who starts 
3ut with a rusty bar of steel; first he must remove 
the outer surface to get to the good metal. For no 
tool and die maker uses all the steel, the good metal 
is under the surface. He must shape, file, fit, temp- 

er and grind until the pieces finally fit in place and 
become a useful die to form and cut other parts. So 
God has to try, shape, temper and grind us until we 
become useful patterns to separate and form other 
lives. We can accomplish this through the study of 
God's Word and prayer. By following His teaching, 
both morally and physically, it enables us to become 
more useful laymen. 

Elkhart, Indiana 











Cuts were ordered and the invoice and ac- 
companying proofs for the same were re- 
ceived from the cut company, but the pic- 
tures have not been delivered. Therefore we 
are assuming they have been lost in the 
mails. We are sorry that the cuts of Arthur 
Baer, D. R. Murray, Harold Whybrew have 
to be omitted from this issue. 









Publication Offering (or the New Building 

We are presenting in this issue of the Brethren 
Evangelist our first report of the offering for the 
lew building. The churches are I'eported in alpha- 
Detical order but the individual contributions in the 
)rder of their receipt in our office. 

The offering so far looks very encouraging to us 
md we expect until our next report appears that we 
vill have many of the church gifts in hand. We still 
leed a lot of one dollar bills in addition to a goodly 
lumber of large gifts. We hope to begin work on 
;he new building as soon as weather conditions per- 
nit, and your promptness in sending in gifts will be 
rreatly appreciated. Thank you Brethren for these 
?ery fine gifts. W. E. Ronk 

^rdmore, Indiana: 

A. Glenn Carpenter 100.00 

Dorothy Carpenter 10.00 

i-shland, Ohio: 

A friend 2000.00 

Geo. C. Carpenter 10.00 

F. C. Vanator 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. E. Ronk . 25.00 

Andrew Miller 5.00 

Betty Lyon 5.00 

Mrs. E. L. Kilhefner 15.00 

R. A. Hazen 10.00 


R. R. Teeter 5.00 

Gilbert Dodds 5.00 

Anna Stuckman 5.00 

Mrs. A. L. DeLozier 5.00 


Center Chapel, Indiana 10.00 

Conemaugh, Pennsylvania: 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Wertz 5.00 

John Leidy 7.00 12.00 

Denver, Indiana: 

Church Offering 11.62 

Primary Department 1.63 13.25 

Gretna Brethren Church 10.15 

E. A. Julliart, Portland, Indiana 5.00 

Samuel Buzard, Vandergrift, Pa 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Goshorn, Jacksonvile, Ind 5.00 

Mrs. Isaac Grubb, Johnstown, Ohio 3.00 

A Sister, Roaring Springs, Pa 1.00 

John Funk Locke, Maurertown, Va 5.00 

H. H. Link, Johnstown, Pa 5.00 

Agnes Lemon, Portis, Kansas 1.00 

Mrs. E. L. Horner, Howe, Indiana 1.00 

Mrs. Eizabeth Rishel, Somerset, Pa 5.00 

Mrs. Ethel and Ruth Harley 3.50 

Mrs. C. A. Kline, Drexel Hill, Pa 1.00 

Delia Lehman, Marshallville, Ohio 3.00 

D. Lee Garber, Mansfield, Ohio 1.00 

Mrs. C. S. Jackson, South Bend, Indiana 1.00 


The Brethren Evangehst i 

Mr. & Mrs. Eph. Gulp, Goshen, Ind 5.00 

H. E. Roscoe, Goshen, Indiana 5.00 

Mrs. Alice Shock, Dayton, Ohio 1.00 

B. H. Showalter, Palestine, W. Va 1.50 

B. F. Bock, Bringhurst, Ind 1.00 

Maude Webb, Goshen, Ind 5.00 

Carl Bellinger, Dayton, Ohio 1.00 

Albert Eikenberry, Peru, Ind 2.00 

E. B. Newcomer, Hagersto\vn, Md 1.00 

Mrs. J. M. Weimer, Holbrook, Pa 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Middleton, Winchester, Va 2.00 

Mary Resenberger, Walkerton, Indiana 1.00 

The Dorcies Class, North Liberty, Ind 5.30 

Hattie Kanauer, Warsaw, Indiana 5.00 

A Brethren, Uniontown, Pa 2.00 

Viola Ray, West Alexandria, Ohio 1.25 

First Brethren Sunday School, New Paris, Ind 20.00 

Mrs. John Baringer, Fremont, Ohio 1.50 

Mary J. Wise, Canton, Ohio 10.00 

Total $2391.63 


January 21, 1941 

President E. G. Mason 

The first half of the college year is rapidly drawing to a 
close. Final examinations are scheduled for the week of 
January 27. The change from the first semester to the sec- 
ond, involves a great deal of work in giving, reading and re- 
porting examinations, making grade reports, recording the 
grade reports upon the records and reporting the results to 
the students and parents in order to close up the work of the 
first semester. Registration of all students, entrance exam- 
inations for new students, and the readjustments of sched- 
ules, fees, and teaching loads, constitutes a great amount of 
work at the beginning of the new semester. To facilitate the 
office work in the Recorder's Office, we have set aside Mon- 
day, February 3, as a vacation day to allow the Recorder and 
her staff to enter the records of the first semester. We hope 
that this arrangement will serve to clear this office for regis- 
tration duties on the following day. 

The epidemic of "flu" has affected the college and semin- 
ary less than it has the public schools. Our percentage of 
absences has not been large, although a considerable num- 
ber of cases have occurred. Several members of the faculty 
and clerical staff have been out for a few days at a time. 
The cases all seem to be light, covering two or three days of 

Mr. Dean J. Benshoff, the Assistant Bursar, has been con- 
fined to the hospital and his home since New Year's Day 
with an "indolent ulcer". He is recovering slowly. He has 
been carrying on his work as well as possible, but we hope 
that he will be able to return soon. 

Two students, James Davis and Marilyn Edwards of Ash- 
land, are convalescing at their homes after appendectomies. 

Mrs. Martin Shively and Mrs. W. E. Ronk have been ill 
for some time but are improving. We trust that the com- 
plete recovery of both of these ladies can soon be reported. 

A special effort is being made to increase our student body 
for the second semester, especially from Brethren homes. 
We want to emphasize again our urgent need for ministers 
in the church. A minister cannot be well prepared in a 
short time, therefore, recruits must be obtained from the 
churches soon. Ministers can be prepared in less than seven 
years, but short periods of preparation reveal the limita- 
tions of real leadership. This procedure may have sufficed 

for the past but with a rapidly changing society, and with 
new and difficult problems demanding solution, a well pre- 
pared minister is a necessity. The church must rally to this 
need if it is to make the progress it should make. 

The Seminary, in order to properly train young men for 
the ministry, must be adequately equipped for the work. We 
have the plant facilities, the library, and staff, but more 
young men preparing for the Brethren ministry is necessary 
to supply the present and future needs of the church. With 
all three members of the seminary faculty teaching the 
courses necessary for theological training, and the Bible 
courses in the college, besides attempting to meet the de- 
mands made upon them by the churches and college commun- ' 
ity, they are very busy. With an additional member of the . 
seminary staff, the scope of the work could be enlarged and 
the extent of the service of the seminary widened in the 
church. With an additional teacher, the way would be open- ' 
ed for recognition of the Seminary by the Amercican As- 
sociation of Theological Schools. The program for building 
a bigger, better, and more effective church must begin with r 
the foundation. The college and the seminary, in preparing 
ministers and laymen as leaders, is the foundation. i 

In making this foundation broader and firmer, we mustc 
build well and carefully. Therefore, the church must rally 
more than ever to the support of the College and Seminary. 
Our goal is two new teachers for the college and one for the 
Seminary as soon as we can get them. We must operate on 
a sound financial basis and meet our expenses as they come, 
therefore, greater support from the church is a necessity. 

Annuities, direct gifts, and will bequests, together with' 
regular annual support from the church at large will enable 
us to build that stable foundation. When all members of the 
church share the responsibility according to their individual 
abilities we shall be able to raise the whole church as a uniti 
upon a higher and more useful plane. 

During the month of December, gifts in the form of an- 
nuities and will bequests totaled more than $9,100. $8,000 
was in the form of annuities wherein the college and semin- 
ary receives the money or securities and agrees to pay the 
donors a substantial income as long as they live. A substan- 
tial portion of this amount was given by Brother and Sister 
G. W. Rench. What a fine way this is to dispose of one's 
worldly goods. To establish a "Memorial everlasting" and' 
at the same time to be guaranteed a substantial income dur-i 
ing one's life! Annuities are everlasting memorials because, 
at the death of the donors, the funds become a part of the 
endowment funds, the income from which constitutes a pari 
of the institutional income. | 

A bequest in the will of Ida A. DeShong, of Ashland, was 
paid to the college amounting to a little less than $1,100. 

During the month of January so far several small gift' 
have been received. One of our grand old ladies of th( 
church passed away on January 4, in the person of Mrs. Sa ' 
villa Deaner, of Springhope, Pennsylvania. As evidence o: 
her devotion to the church she had given Ashland College 
$6,000 in annuities before her death and Ashland Collegi 
and Findlay College share equally in the residue of her es 
tate. Mrs. Deaner, or "Aunt Savilla" as she was known t< 
her friends and neighbors, was past 90 years old. Her fin' 
Christian example will live through the years in the mem 
ories of all who knew her and her worldly goods will becom . 
a "Memorial everlasting" to the future generations who wil 
go to college. 

All departments of the college and seminary are function 
ing normally at present. The Gospel teams are plannin 
their itineraries for the season and good reports of thai 
work are coming in. The Gospel Team is an excellent mean ' 
of training young people for active Christian service. 

February 8, 1941 



The Editors Speak 


Dr. Chas. A. Bame 

A recent issue of one of the picture magazines 
:arried the above title and some other impressive 
?acts, all of which set me to serious thinking. At 
'irst sight, one vi'ould be intent on instant contradic- 
;ion. It is a holy day to many of us, too many of 
vhoni may very soon be contradicting our own con- 
cession. In other words, we may go to the house of 
jod to worship in the moi'ning giving us our assur- 
mce that it is a holy day to us, and, before the night 
'alls, we may have made it unholy by violating the 
"irst of the prohibitions of the great moral code, the 
Cen Commandments, by becoming involved in a 
leath-dealing accident. 

In more ways than one, Sunday has become a day 
)f sports and autO' accidents. Recently, the govern- 
nent located a spot for one of its amunition dumps 
lear our city — within 25 miles. The report of the 
nigi-ations to that isolated place is that they were so 
lumerous and the roads so congested that they 
;ould scarcely get untangled as the darkness stole 
)ver them. Everybody going to almost no place to 
;ee almost nothing. 

"Beware of Sunday", says the caption to the arti- 
;le. "Sunday leads all other days in the number of 
luto deaths, accounting for twice as many, for ex- 
imple, as Wednesday. Last year, 6,930 persons 
vere killed on Sunday in auto accidents; another 
!19,050 were injured". All that on the day set apart 
or the worship of the almighty God. 

Now, the writer is not and desires not to be call- 
id Pharisee. He has never been cited for his ex- 
ictitude of keeping the moral code of the Jews, 
iven though he does believe that all of it is as good 
'or Christians as it was for the Jews. No better 
aw was ever given to man that made him morally 
)etter than the Ten Commandments; none calls 
nore heroically for the worship of Almighty God. 
3ut no code of any system justifies killing. "Thou 
;halt not kill" stands there for each and all of every 
ribe and nation. Therefore, if our consciences do 
lUow us to take auto rides after we have worship- 
)ed, they ought also to be good enough and keen 
inough to keep us away from any partnership with 
he terrible slaughter of our fellow-mortals. In 
>ther words, if we make the day holy and keep ''t 
loly in all else we do, we should most certainly be 
imong those most careful not to make it unholy in 
;areless or reckless driving. 

It might be a good thing for us to close this brief 
admonition with the cautions given by the same 
magazine : 

"Be extra careful on Sunday. 

"Give the other fellow a break and both of you 
will have more fun. 

"Observe the rules and obey the signs. 

"Try to get home while it is still light. 

"Don't take even one drink. 

"And above all . . . keep your speed down. 

"Remember next Sunday and be cautious. It 
may save your life." 
Of course, it is good to keep all these rules every 
day; but doubtless none of us are so exact. But 
more and more it is becoming a problem for all who 
concern themselves with even "doing good" on any 
day. It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath and no 
Christian, regardless of the freedom of his con- 
science as to Sunday driving, or to "worshiping God 
in the open spaces", desires to become the instru- 
ment of death-dealing to any one. There are a good 
many implications of moral lapse involved in the 
driving of an auto for pui"poseless trips on the Lord's 
day. Yet it is the one day when some can go at all. 
We would not deny them that pleasure. 

More and more, we are taking a toll of years from 
our life by the tenseness of our city existence. City 
dwellers must find sources of relaxation or suffer 
perplexing troubles born of tenseness. The plea of 
this admonition is that while we relax, we shall not 
contradictorily be tense. While we find God in the 
open spaces, we shall not kill our fellow-man. 

The most careful and concerned of all peoples for 
the word of God, and the Commandments of the law 
are those who try to please him. Therefore, make 
Sunday a Holy Day not an unholy day. 

All accidents are not fatal. But a good many of 
them would be more to the liking of the ones spared 
than to go through life maimed, and a burden to 
those who must care for them. The terror of the 
whole situation makes this editor believe that it is 
worthy of a good place in a religious magazine. 

South Bend, Indiana 


The members of the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church suggested the following slogans 
for the creating of interest in Missions. 

"Brethren People Must Build Brethren Churches." 

The Hope of the Brethren Church for Tomorrow is 
Brethren Missions Today." 

"America Is the Secure Mission Field." 


The Brethren Evangelist 


BROTHER SWANSON of Fairhaven (West Salem) Ohio, 

Swen August Swanson was born in Warburgh, Sweden, 
October 20, 1854, and died on January 11, 1941, at the home 
of his son, Elmer, at Pleasant Home, near West Salem, at 
the age of eighty-six years, two months and twenty-two days. 

His early life was spent in Sweden and at the age of eigh- 
teen he came to this country, where he settled in Wayne 
County, Ohio. On February 15, 1883, he was married to An- 
na Marie Swineheart, who preceded him in death six years 
ago. To this union were born four children, Mrs. Edna Marti 
of Ada, Ohio; Mrs. Alice Kime, of Rittman, Ohio; Irvin, of 
Chester Township and Elmer, of Pleasant Home. 

Forty-five years ago he became a member of the Fair 

Haven Brethren Church, of which he was a faithful member 
until his death. He was also a faithful deacon in the Fair 
Haven Church. 

He leaves to mourn his death, his four children, a brother, 
Otto, of Sweden, seven grandchildren and two great grand- 

Funeral services were conducted by the writer and Pastor, 
Mr. Virgil Myer, student in Ashland Theological Seminary, 
at the Fair Haven Church, Monday, January 13, 1941. It was 
the writer's privilege to know Brother Swanson during three 
years as the Fair Haven pastor, and his faithful Christian 
life and testimony were always appreciated. He was always 
happiest when he was in the House of the Lord, and he was 
always there when he was able. This is his victory and 
Home-going, and we rejoice for his sake. 

L. E. Lindower, Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Our Children's Department 



Dear Children: 

Perhaps most of you boys and girls know some one by the 
name of William. We have a story about a William today, 
but it is not the William that any of you children know. This 
boy, William, was in the habit of doing bad things. Once he 
told a great lie about one of his classmates because he was 
angry at him, and the teacher punished this classmate, be- 
lieving that what William said was true. At the next re- 
cess, William noticed that the scholars kept away from him 
and looked at him as if they were frightened, but he did not 
think much of this. 

When he went back to school that afternoon he saw his 
teacher looking at him very strangely, and when he went 
home his mother burst into tears. William then ran up into 
his room to look himself over and stood before the mirror to 
see if he could determine what was the matter, and there he 
saw a terrible sight. By some mysterious power he had be- 
come so transparent (transparent means we can see 
through, like a window glass) that his heart showed right 
out from his body through his thick clothing, and it was a 
dreadfully black one. His coat was black, but it looked white 
compared with the blackness of his heart that was piercing 
through his coat, and when he saw this he was ashamed to 
go out, and hung his head whenever he passed any of his 
classmates. He tried to run into dark corners where people 
would not see his heart, but he could not find any place dark 
enough to hide his black heart. 

At last, with tears in his eyes, he ran to his mother and 
asked what he should do. He confessed to his mother about 
the big lie that he had told about his classmate. His mother 
now led him to the mirror when he had finished his sad story. 
She said, "See, William, now that you have made this con- 

fession, your heart is less black than it was before. I think 
it will become entirely white if you pray to Jesus to forgive 
you. Tell the teacher and the classmate how sorry you are." 
William said to himself, "I will." 

That night he prayed about his heart and the next morning 
it w-as much lighter. This pleased him very much and he 
said, "I don't think I will trouble any more about my heart. 
It is growing so much lighter that it will all pass away in a 
day or so." So he ran off to school very gladly, but his 
teacher looked at him very strangely, and the classmates all 
ran away from him and he said he was ill and must go home. 
When he got to his room and looked in the mirror he saw his 
heart with more blackness than ever before. So that night i 
he prayed earnestly to Jesus to take away his black heart. 

In the morning he ran off to school in great haste. As soon 
as the school was opened, he arose before all the scholars and 
told what a dreadful thing he had done and ask their forgive- 
ness. They all forgave him gladly, and at recess everybody 
was kind to him and played with him, and best of all when 
he got home and looked in the mirror he found that there 
was no great black heart showing through. He was a happy 
boy again, just as he had always been before. As he turned 
to go downstairs he repeated the verse he had learned ati 
Sunday School, I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins He is 
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us 
from all unrighteousness." 

This little story teaches us the big lesson that the sinful 
black heart can only be made right by bringing it to Jesus, i 

With love, in Christ's name. 
Aunt Loretta 

513 Bowman Street 

Mansfield, Ohio 

^^ebi-uary 8, 1941 


Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 



Genesis 5:25; Hebrews 11:1-7 
This early pioneer in the spiritual realm paved the 
/ay for pilgrims to follow. No saint of the twen- 
ieth century can cherish a higher thought — than 
"walk with God." 
Today life is too hurried. But Enoch walked — he 
id not run. God calls for a balanced life. It is here 
m fail because we overcrowd our days and over- 
3ad our strength. Only a walk with God can bring 
the heart "the peace that passeth all understand- 



Job 23:1-17 
The wants of the human heart are many, but af- 
er they have been all expressed we are still unsat- 
sfied if we have not expressed a desire for an in- 
ter fullness. If we have secured that inner satis- 
action, then all earthly desires are ours. It is only 
hen that we cease to think of what we want of life 
,nd begin to think of what LIFE wants of US. 
-hen even in the absence of "things" we are able to 
ive happily and beautifully. 



Philippians 3:10, 11 
If we have placed God first in our lives, then we 
lesire to KNOW Him. The more we know Him, the 
aore real He becomes. And the more real He be- 
omes in our lives, the more intimately we come to 
:now Him. And the more we know Him, the more we 
lesire to know of His work and the field of His la- 
lor. Therefore we are driven to know His- people 
11 over the earth. And the more we know His peo- 
ile and His field, the more we desire to carry His will 
o His field and His people. 



Psalms 27:4 
Beauty and God are so closely related that they 
an scarcely be separated. When we behold the 
leauty of God we have a feeling of exaltation, of 
>ride and self-effacement all in one. We feel a 
welling within which often struggles hopelessly for 
ixpression. It is closely akin to that feeling which 

we have when we stand before a beautiful picture 
or statue. Or when we listen to a beautiful selec- 
tion of music or gaze upon a wonderful landscape. 

Why should we not see in His handiwork, the au- 
thor Himself? 



John 15:15-27 

Jesus perceived, with deeper insight than anyone 
who ever lived, the sacredness of human friend- 
ships. He treated His followers as friends and laid 
this obligation upon His disciples. The highest tri- 
bute he ever spoke to His disciples is found in His 
gracious words, "Ye are my friends." 

Friendship is one of the most important expres- 
sions of religious life, therefore Christianity must 
have as a fundamental principle that idea of friend- 
ship which existed in the mind of the Master. 



Psalms 111:1-10 

There is an absolute need in life for each one to 
have some recreation. But we need to fit whatever 
pleasure we have into the plan of God. The greatest 
Christians I have known have been the happiest 
people I have known. They have the ability to be 
pleasing to those around them and at the same time 
show the lack of discontent, worry and what we 
commonly call "the blues". 

The Christian must test his pleasures by the only 
measure we have — God's Word, and, if it passes 
that test, then he is free to partake. 



Titus 2:1-15 

God should be our first thought in establishing a 
home. Marriage should be instituted at His altar, 
if we would assure its success in the future. The 
children that come to that home should be taken to 
His church from their very earliest days and kept 
under His teaching throughout their lives. 

When sorrow comes into the home, we just natu- 
rally turn to the church. But there is a grave dif- 
ference between turning to the church in a crucial 
time and making the church the constant undergird- 
ing of family Hfe. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Christian Endeavor 
Topics for Young People 

For February 16, 1941 


Scripture Lesson: Genesis 4:9; Acts 17:24-28 

Daily Bible Readings 

An Excellent Rule to Follow, Luke 6:31. 

Brothers of One Common Master, Matt. 23:8-11. 

Love for All, Matt. 5 :43-48. 

A Parable on Brotherliness, Luke 10:30-37. 

Christ's Prayer for Brotherhood, John 17:18-23. 

Brotherliness toward All, James 2:1-4. 
For the Leader 

Modem inventions have made our world a much smaller 
place in which to live. Small events on the other side of the 
world seem as important to us as our local news. With this 
new era has come a wide-spread feeling that all men are 
brothers, and as such to be so treated. True, all men have 
had a common physical origin, but this does not make all 
men brothers in the spiritual sense. Christ made a distinc- 
tion between the children of God and the children of the 
devil, (John 8:44). Tonight we want to determine the true 
meaning of brotherhood as Christ meant it, and to see its 
relation to present day Christian living. 

"YiE MUST BE BORN AGAIN". There is only one way 
to get into a family, and to be considered as a blood member 
of it, and that is "to be bom into it." We belong to the phy- 
sical family we do because we were born into it. (Adoption 
does not enter in here because we are talking about blood 
relationships.) Because we are bom in sin, we are born into 
the spiritual family of the devil, and remain as a child of the 
devil until we come under the blood of Christ. Being chil- 
dren of the devil, we are doomed to eternal punishment. But 
there is a way out! Christ says, "Ye must be bom again." 
It is not possible to buy our way into the family of God; nor 
can we "live" our way into it. It becomes necessary that we 
"die" to sin, that we, "become dead to sin"; then to be "born" 
a "new creature" in Christ Jesus, (II Cor. 5:17). 

It is plain to understand. First, living in the family of the 
devil, we die to that family, and cease to be a member of it. 
Second, we are bom again into the family of God, and thus 
become a child of God. This process is accomplished by (1) 
our acknowledgement that we are bom as a child of the devil, 
and are in sin; (2) that Christ is able to redeem us out of 
this family of Satan into the family of God; (3) acceptance 
of Christ as our Redeemer; (4) the burial of Baptism, which 
also signifies cleansing by the blood of Christ; (5) and by 
putting our new life into the care and keeping of God as our 

those today who would teach that all men are the children of 
God. From our discussion so far, we can plainly see that 
such cannot be the case. Children of the family next door 
are not your brothers and sisters, for the two families are 
not related. Neither can righteous and unrighteous men be 
brothers, because their spiritual families are not related. Al- 
though necessary to work, talk, and live with them, we should 
make no concessions to unrighteous men. We are pure and 
clean in Christ; they are tainted with sin. Because of this 
we should have nothing to do with their amusements, their 

pleasures, their books or magazines, but we should set our af- 
fections on things above, which are spiritual, and consistent 
with our Christian profession. A word of solemn warning, 
however: Some have taken this "being born into the family 
of God" to mean that as such, they are better and more per- 
fect than those of their companions who are yet living in 
sin. Surely, we are redeemed from the death of sin, but of 
ourselves we have nothing of which to boast; for we are but 
sinners, saved by grace. We are still subject to the tempta- 
tions of sin, and still in the human body, so we do not live 
perfect lives. 

We cannot win men for Christ by appearing to be "more 
holy" than they are. But by consistent Christian conduct, 
we should seek to lead others to Christ. It has not been so 
long since we too were living in sin; now saved by the mer- 
cies of God we want to bring others to a saving knowledge 
of Christ. This is the mission of Christian Endeavorers. 

CHRISTIAN BROTHERHOOD. Certainly this a brother- 
hood of love, for the love of Christ is back of it. We should 
have three kinds of love in this brotherhood. First, love for 
God and Christ (spiritual love); second, love for our Chris- 
tian brothers (Christian unity); third, love for the souls of 
the unsaved (Christian service.) If we love spiritual things, 
we will worship God and praise Christ. By cultivating Chris- 
tian love for other Christians, we wall increase the effective- 
ness of our church and of our own lives. Christ loved the 
sinner, but not his sins. If we but do the same, we can, by 
the help of God, be instrumental in explamivig to the unsaved 
the story of the new birth. 

REACHING THE UNSAViED. Often we find them hard- 
ened in sin and darkness, but our love for them demands that 
we tell them of Christ. We are to feel towards them just as 
the spring feels towards the frozen ground, when it comes 
from the south, warm, moist, generous, and unlocking, and, 
by that which it brings from the Equator, releases the frigid 
north from its thrall and its death. Out of your Christ- 
warmed life breathe that upon the unsaved which shall help 
to soften their lives and help them to see the error of their 

From the Bible 

Matt. 5:43-47. Hate has no place in the true Christian's 
life. If we are guilty of shunning those who need the Gos- 
pel and if we treat them coldly, it will only tend to cast them 
farther away from us. But as we show that we are inter- 
ested in them, and they see the friendliness shown toward 
them by us, their attitude stands a good chance of chang- 
ing. There is a fable about the north wind and the sun. To- 
gether they saw a man walking on the earth in a heavy cloak. 
The north wind and the sun bargained as to which one could 
make the man remove his cloak. So the north wind blew. 
But the more he blew, and the colder he became, the tighter 
the man wrapped the cloak about him. So the north wind 
gave up. Out came the sun in all his warmth and heat. Soon 
the cloak was loosened, and before long, the man removed 
the heavy wrap. As we love those in sin, and seek to send 
the warmth of love into their hearts we will see that they 
will remove their "shell" of unfriendliness, and listen eager- 
ly to the words of Christ as we give them unto them. 

Matt. 23:8-11. The perfect picture of the Christian 
Brotherhood is given in these verses. Not of a world brother- 

February 8, 1941 


hood including all mankind, but of a brotherhood including 
those of all parts of the world who have been redeemed in 
Clirist. Christianity is the great equalizer, for it takes peo- 
ple of all races and walks of life and makes them brothers. 
There is, but one brotherhood, and that is the brotherhood of 
Clii-ist. Only as we have accepted Christ as Savior can we 
"join" this brotherhood. 


1. Is the Christian brotherhood composed of all the mem- 
bers of the churches of the world? 

2. Does Christian brotherhood of believers mean that all 
racial barriers are to be removed? If so, how; if not, why? 

For Group Discussion 
1. What arguments, scripturally, can be presented which 
give proof against a universal brotherhood of man? Will 
such an era ever come? 

Plan a "personal work campaign" and begin it tonight. 
Make lists of the unsaved, learn the best ways of approach, 
and keep check on what is done and accomplished. Perhaps 
your Pastor can help you in organizing your campaign. 

Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 


Milledgeville, 111. Have been bringing a series of Sunday 
night Bible studies on the first five books of the Old Testa- 
ment. We have spent two evenings on each book, using one 
particular subject, but reviewing all the intervening events, 
so the messages form one continued story of Old Testament 
History. Attendance and interest are constantly growing. 

We have a thriving C. E. for Intermediates. They have 
topics, memory work and Scripture references. On most of 
the Sunday nights they remain 100 percent for the church 
service. Last Sunday night we had them go to the platform 
as the choir. It "took" well with both the audience and the 
Intermediates. We will continue this. 

W. St. Claire Benshoff , pastor. 
* * * 

Oakville, Indiana. We had a wonderful "Church Night" on 
Wednesday evening, January 22nd, with a fellowship supper 
at 6:30 o'clock. Committee meetings were held at 7:30, and 
the business meeting at 8:30. 

The purpose of the meeting was to work out the goals and 
program of the Indiana District Conference. Some splendid 
plans were presented by the twenty-two different commit- 
tees which should mean a wonderful blessing to the church 

The entire work of the church is starting out in splendid 
shape for the year 1941. There seems to be a new interest 
taking hold of our people. 

Sunday evening we join in fellowship with the Methodist 
Church and on February 23rd, they will unite with us in a 
worship service. 

L. V. King, pastor. 

Jersey Brethren Churches. Since we are closing our work 
in January with the Brethren of the New Jersey Brethren 
Churches at Sergeantsville and Calvary, we have indeed been 
more than busy. For these last few days we have been: in- 
vited out for meals, making last calls, saying good-bye to 
friends here and there, and packing our household goods. 

A farewell cottage prayer meeting was well attended. On 
Saturday evening the two Christian Endeavor societies held 
a farewell social for us. Fifty were present. A fine cash 
gift was presented to the pastor and his wife. 

On Sunday the church services were indeed well attended, 
as the pastor brought his farewell message and bid good-bye 
to all. 

After the afternoon services at Calvary, a call was made 
in the home of an elderly sister. Some one remarked that 
we had called there on our first Sunday. Another call was 
made on an elderly brother stricken with paralysis. There 
we remained for the farewell supper, and then on to Ser- 
geantsville, where we led the C. E. meeting. 

Elmer M. Keck. 

* * * 

Roann, Indiana. The First Brethren Church of Roann, In- 
diana, announces the beginning of the Revival Meeting on 
Sunday, January 26th, with the new pastor, Rev. P. M. Naff, 
who began his ministry here the first of the year, serving as 

We believe in evangelism, its power, its efficacy and man's 
great need of it. We desire and pray that through this ser- 
ies of meetings that Jesus Christ may "see of the travail of 
His soul and. . .be satisfied." Evangelism at home and 
abroad is the hope of The Brethren Church, as indeed it is, 
of any church. 

* * * 

Dayton, Ohio. The annual report of the Woman's Mission- 
ary Society of the Dayton Church shows that they now have 
an enrollment of 68 members — 51 in the day meeting and 17 
in the Evening Circle. They have contributed $100.00 to 
Missions, in addition to supporting the local and other pro- 
jects, such as Brethren Home, and improvement of the Col- 
lege Dormitory. They closed the year with a balance in their 
Treasury of $88.50. Dayton Bulletin. 

* * * 

Radio Broadcast. A post card comes from Brother Floyd 
Sibert, announcing a radio broadcast over the New Kensing- 
ton, Pa., station, WKPA, 1120 on your dial, for Thursday 
morning, January 20th at 10:15 o'clock. We are sorry that 
the card did not arrive soon enough to get into an issue that 
would reach you before the time of the broadcast. However, 
we trust that Brother Sibert will have other opportunities to 
speak on the air, since he reports that this is the second 
time he has had opportunity over this station. We will be 

looking for it. 

* * * 

Gratis, Ohio. About twenty ladies met at the Gratis par- 
sonage on Thursday, January 16th to observe the Day of 
Prayer. A time of spiritual uplift was enjoyed. Many were 
kept from the service, either because of sickness or weather 
conditions. Our whole nation should go to prayer. 

Bulletin of January 19th. 

* * * 

Falls City, Nebraska. The McCartneysmiths closed a two 
week's evangelistic service on January 19th, with seventeen 
baptisms, three other confessions and two reconsecrations. 

The women gathered for an all-day meeting on January 
15th to observe the Brethren National Day of Prayer. 

Mary E. Rieger, Cor. Sec. 

* * * 

New Kensington, Pa. In spite of heavy snow on Sunday, 
January 26th, we had a well attended and very enjoyable 
service at the New Kensington Church. Rev. J. Ray Klingen- 
smith visited us and brought a most interesting message to 
all vi^ho were privileged to hear him. We hope he can come 

Mrs. Carl Carlson. 




Johnstown, Pa., 2nd Brethren Church $ 17.68 

Grace Brethren Church, Milford, Indiana 30.10 

Maurertown, Virginia, Brethren Church 5.00 

Lathrop, California, Brethren Church 87.00 

Goshen, Indiana, First Brethren Church 132.93 

Mr. & Mrs. S. D. Struckman, Johnstown, Penna 25.00 

Highland Brethren Church, Marianna, Penna 15.50 

Calvary Brethren Church, near Pittstown, N. J 15.00 

Clay City, Indiana, First Brethren Church 11.00 

Vandergrift, Penna., Brethren Church 27.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, First Brethren Church 146.35 

Flora, Indiana, First Brethren Church 230.68 

Vinco, Penna., Brethren Church 159.38 

Dutchtown Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana .... 32.50 

Quiet Dell Brethren Church 11.00 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida 12.00 

Oak Hill, West Virginia, Brethren Church 28.00 

Waynesboro, Penna., First Brethren Church 121.50 

Lanark, Illinois, First Brethren Church 139.74 

Mrs. E. G. Goode, Harrisonburg, Virginia 8.00 

Muncie, Indiana, First Brethren Church 5.00 

Oakville, Indiana, First Brethren Church 577.22 

Center Chapel Church, Peru, Indiana 17.55 

Fremont, Ohio, Brethren Church 13.00 

Mrs. F. S. Haney, St. Paul, Minnesota 1.00 

Milledgeville, Illinois, Brethren Church 90.00 

Denver, Indiana, Brethren Church 20.18 

Valley Brethren Church, Jones Mills, Penna 9.85 

Allentown, Penna., Brethren Church 5.00 

Ashland, Ohio, First Brethren Church 26.00 

Warsaw, Indiana, Brethren Church 85.94 

Portis, Kansas, Brethren Church 7.00 

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West Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church 1.00 

Stockton, California, Brethren Church 22.50 

Rittman, Ohio, The Brethren Church 48.00 

Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church"! 433.18 

Clayton, Ohio, Brethren Chiych , . .^. 11.00 

Summit Mills, Penna., Brethren Church .50 

G. W. Wheetler, Roanoke, Virginia 10.00 

Mrs. J. R. Kimmel, McLouth, Kansas 1.00 

Mrs. Clarence Saunders, McLouth, Kansas 1.00 

Mrs. Mabel Bowers, McLouth, Kansas 1.00 

Claude Kimmel, Oskaloosa, Kansas 1.00 

Waterloo, Iowa, First Brethren Church 323.00 

Roann, Indiana, Brethren Church 19.20 

Uniontown, Penna., Second Brethren Church 66.30 

Ardmore, Indiana, Brethren Church 43.42 

New Lebanon, Ohio, Brethren Church: 

Harvey Dafler $ 5.00 

0. F. Brumbaugh 5.00 

John Eck 10.00 

Harry Landis 5.00 

Reverend & Mrs. C. C. Grisso 10.00 

Glenn Murr 20.00 

W. M. S 25.00 

Rainbow Class 10.00 

Home Builder's Class 5.00 

Miscellaneous Offering 26.50 

Total offering from New Lebanon $121.50 

Ardmore, Indiana, Brethren Church 43.42 

Mt. Olive Brethren Church, McGaheysville, Va 32.00 

Fair Haven Brethren Church, West Salem, Ohio .... 142.00 

Johnstown, Pa., First Brethren Church 175.00 

First Brethren Sunday School, Pleasant Hill, Ohio . . 121.23 

Total Offering for January, 1941 $3730.35 





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Reasons for Revival — F. C. V 3 

Intercessory Prayer and Life's Problems — 

Rev. W. C. Benshoff 4 

A Workman is Worthy of His Hire — Dr. C. L. Anspach . . 5 

Christian Profession and Obligation — Rev. Floyd Sibert . . 6 

Laid to Rest 8 

Sunday School Growth— Rev. E. L. Miller 9 

Our Children's Department 10 

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Worshipping Day by Day, (Family Altar) 12 

Boys' Brotherhood 13 

Christian lEndeavor Topics 14 

Message from the National C. E. President 16 


meeting on February 16, and continue through two weeks. 
The pastor will do the preaching and assist in the music. 
Those interested and who practice intercessary prayer are 
invited to bring this meeting before God in prayer. Neigh- 
boring churches within driving distance are invited to make 
up a delegation and attend one or more evenings. Services 
will begin at 7:30 each evening. 

H. E. Eppley, pastor. 

rection a report which recently appeared concerning the Mex- 
ico, Indiana, work. The lines should read, "Presented to the 
church by Mrs. Bond and her daughter Mrs. Harold Donald- 
son, in memory of Walter Bond, deceased." We are very 
sorry this occurred. 

THE FOLLOWING GLEANING is from the Oakville, In- 
diana, calendar. "If one has flowers to strew along the path- 
way, why not scatter them during life ? It is with this 
thought that the pastor, (Rev. L. V. King), desires to pay 
tribute to the teacher of one of our classes. Perhaps there 
is no member of his church that has been as consistent and 
faithful in attendance at all the services of the church as 
Sister Metzker. And this includes the Sunday School, the 
morning and evening worship, the Christian Endeavor, Pray- 
er meeting and Woman's Missionary Society. Such faithful- 
ness means something to the church. Such faithfulness will 
mean a rich reward in heaven. 

WHY NOT? Why not do these little things that mean so 
much to the membership of the church while they are alive 
and can hear with the physical ear and see with the physical 
eye? If more of these little words of praise could come to 
those who have spent faithful years of service, there would 
be less heartaches. Why not try it out? 

John Locke, of Maurertown, Va., is to hold evangelistic meet- 
ings at the Waterloo, Iowa, church early in March. Here is 
where Brother W. C. Benshoff pastors the First Brethren 
Church. Remember them in your prayers. 

WE ARE RUNNING a double Christian Endeavor pro- 
gram this week because of the repeated requests to have 
these programs out a little earlier, so preparation can be 
made for the meetings. We are glad to do this although it 
crowded out a number of church reports. These v\'ill be 
run next issue, however. 


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These present weeks are full of opportunity for 
ivangelism. These are the days when much effort 
ihould be put forth to bring Jesus Christ definitely 
)efore those who should "give heed to His Word." 

We realize that there are two very diverse classes 
hat need be reached. First, and probably the most 
nterested and more easily touched, are those who 
ire being reared within the church, but who have 
lot, as yet, yielded themselves to the Master. The 
lecond group is the one composed of those who are 
ndifferent to the vital issues of life and who need 
,0 be reached by personal contact outside the walls 
»f the church. 

But the main thing to remember is that a revival 
s more than a meeting: IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY. 

I came upon the following seven reasons for "iden- 
jfication with the church." Each reason is reason- 
ible. But the seventh and last is the vital issue. 

These reasons are submitted for your meditation : 

1. I ought to belong to the church because I ought 
;o be better than I am. Henry Ward Beecher once 
said, "The church is not a gallery for the exhibition 
)f eminent Christians, but a school for the educa- 
;ion of imperfect ones." 

2. I ought to belong to the church because of what 
[ can give to it and do through it as well as because 
)f what I may get out of it. The church is not a 
iormitory for sleepers — it is an institution of work- 
ers ; it is not a rest camp — it is a front line trench. 

3. I ought to belong to the church because every 
man ought to pay his debts and do his share toward 
discharging the obligations of society. The church 
not only has been the bearer of good news of per- 
sonal salvation — it has been and it is the supreme 
uplifting and conserving agency without which 
"civihzation would lapse into barbarism and press its 
way to perdition." 

4. I ought to belong to the church because of mem- 
ories : memories of things I can never forget ; mem- 
ories of faces that will never fade; memories of 
vows that are the glory of youth. 

5. I ought to belong to the church because of hope 
— hope that lives when promises are dead ; hope that 
paves the way for progress; hope that envisions 
peace and justice; hope for time, and hope for etern- 
ity, that great hope that casts its anchor behind Je- 
sus Christ. 

6. I ought to belong to the church because of the 

strong men in it who need reinforcing; the weak 
men in it who need encouraging; the rascals in it 
who need rebuking. If I say that I am not good 
enough, my humility recommends me. If I sit in 
the seat of the scornful, my activity condemns me. 

7. I ought to belong to the church, but not until 
I am ready to identify myself with a going concern ; 

Each of these reasons is reasonable, we say 
again. We have a perfect right to insist upon men 
and women reacting to the reasonableness of the 
Christian faith. And we should feel no hesistancy 
in asking them to unite themselves with its activity, 
first for the sake of their own lives and then for the 
sake of the church itself. F. C. V. 


If you think your church the best 

Tell 'em so ! 
If you'd have it lead the rest, 

Help it grow! 
When there's anything to do. 
Let them always count on you, 
You'll feel good when it's through 

Don't you know. 

If you're used to giving knocks, 

Change your style; 
Throw bouquets instead of rocks 

For a while. 
Boost your pastor and your church 
Knock the knocker off his perch ; 
Lift the stumbler from the lurch 

With a smile. 

When a stranger from afar 

Comes along. 
Tell' him who and what you are — 

Make it strong. 
Never flatter, never bluff. 

Tell the truth, for that's enough. 
Be a booster, that's the stuff. 

Waterloo, Iowa "Brethren Briefs" 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Intercessory Frayer 


Lifes Problems 

By Rev. W. C. Benshoff 

For ages man has been searching for a solution to 
life's problems. He has searched throughout all the 
realm of nature ; he has tried science and invention 
only to meet with defeat and failure, sorrow and loss. 
In spite of all man's searching, the problems of life 
remain, yea, they increase with intensity, the situa- 
tion becomes more complex and further from solu- 
tion. "Winds of adversity are lashing the children 
of God today with great force." The question is not 
are there difficult problems, but are we dealing with 
them, are we finding solution, are we meeting with 
defeat or failure ? 

Tliere are two possible attitudes to assume toward 
a problem. One is to ignore the problem, side-step 
it, go on as though it did not exist; the other is to 
set about finding a solution. The former attitude 
may seem at the time to be the easier way. But a 
problem ignored does not cease to exist. It continues 
to grow, gathering with it other problems creating 
a complex situation beyond control. A difficult sit- 
uation, met and conquered, a problem successfully 
solved, does more than settle a difficult situation at 
the time, it paves the way for the solving of larger 
and more intricate problems. 

We have in the sixth chapter of St. Mark an illus- 
tration of the two possible attitudes to assume to- 
ward a difficult problem. Christ has been engaged 
throughout the day teaching the multitude; night is 
coming on and folks are hungry, and there is insuf- 
ficient food. The disciples said, "Send them away." 
v. 36, Jesus said, "Give ye them to eat." v. 37. Tlie 
Lord was, for solving this problem, beginning with 
the means at hand, the loaves and fishes. We have 
here a fundamental principle underlying the solution 
of all life's problems. 

Many hard and difficult situations face God's peo- 
ple with each passing day. There are problems in 
the church and in the home. There are personal 
problems. The problems we face defy solution, they 

are beyond human wisdom. But Christ is sufficient 
for all things. He "is made unto us wisdom." I Cor. 
1:30. The Lord of glory never met defeat. He is in 
the midst of all life's problems, in His name victory 
is certain. "In the world ye shall have tribulation: 
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." 
John 16:33. 

The history of the church is a record of marvelous 
success of gi'eat gains, of singular triumph, but only 
when and where intercessory prayer has been faith- 
fully employed. If the church of today is to succeed, 
her ministry must be a ministry of intercession. 
History is replete with illustrations of great victory 
when the leaders of God's people have been faithful 
in prayer. Moses was a minister of intercession. 
When God is about to withdraw from Israel because 
of sin, "Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, 
this people have sinned a great sin, and have made 
them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive 
their sin — ; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of 
thy book which thou hast written." Ex. 32:32. 
Samuel teaches that prayerlessness on the part of 
Christian leaders is a sin against God and our fellow 
men. "God forbid that I should sin against God in 
ceasing to pray for you." I Sam. 12:23. St. Paul 
is a pattern of prayer, an example to the Christian 
ministry of faithfulness in prayer and intercession. 
It is said of George Whitefield that he preached from 
forty to sixty hours a week and after this fatiguing 
labor, instead of taking rest, gave himself over to 
prayer and intercession. 

But if the problems of the church are to be solved, 
and if the church is to have power in the world over 
sin, the laity must join the ministry in the matter of 
prayer and intercession. God's people need to come 
together in groups whether large or small for the 
purpose of prayer. The company of the believers 
prayed and tlie place was shaken where they were. 
"Churches have given up their prayer meetings to 

February 15, 1941 


find they have only the body; the soul is dead." 
Spurgeon was a great preacher, but let us not over- 
look the fact that for a half hour before he entered 
his pulpit on Sunday morning fifty deacons had been 
on their knees in prayer. One of the greatest needs 
of today is the prayers of the church for power in 
the preaching of the Gospel. "A praying people 
makes a powerful ministry." McClure. 

In spite of all the comforts and conveniences which 
have come to us, the problems of home and family 
life continue, in fact, the problems seem more com- 
plexing and farther from solution. It would seem 
that Christ had a special ministry for the home. 
With no place He could call His own, he entered the 
homes of the people round about. He brought a sol- 
ution to every problem of family life. The Christian 
home is the strength of our civilization. What the 
home is, life at large will be. Christ alone can make 
the home Christian, can straighten out the entangle- 
ments of family life. Faithfulness in intercessory 
prayer, linked with consistent living, on the part of 
parents means the salvation of the children and the 
reign of peace and joy in the family circle. 

Through prayer for one's self and intercession for 
others, a solution is found to all life's personal prob- 
lems. Man is not sufficient within himself. Prayer 
is the believer's privilege, it is the means by which 
divine help is obtained. Only those who have exer- 
cised this privilege know its benefits. Strangers to 
prayer are strangers to the greatest source of bless- 
ing known to man. God is the inexhaustible source 
and sufficient for every need. "Heavy trials kill 
little men, but create great men; and the secret of 
all spiritual greatness is fellowship with God." The 
responsibility rests with the believer. "God is able 
to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or 

While prayer is man's greatest privilege, it does 
not mean that he can dictate to God. The object of 

prayer is not to bring God to our way of thinking. 
Fervent prayer, linked with a knowledge of the 
Scriptures, is the means by which we ascertain the 
divine will. Now His will is always best, iieaven 
understands and sympathizes with earth, the Lord 
knows the needs of His children, and desires only 
their good. The believer, then, must live in the cen- 
ter of the Father's will. Every problem must be 
dealt with from God's viewpoint. To obtain this 
viewpoint the believer must mount, as it were, into 
the heavenlies in Christ Jesus and view the difficulty 
through the eyes of God. The problem must be seen 
in the divine light. 

Prayer, whether for self or for others, must be 
unselfish. Why do we ask God for certain things? 
Why do we implore Him to remove distressing cir- 
cumstances? Whose praise and glory do we have 
in mind when we petition the heavenly Father? Je- 
sus says, "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that 
FIED IN THE SON." Jno. 14:13. If selfishness is 
the motive, we receive not. "Ye ask and receive not, 
because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon 
your lusts." James 4:3. 

Prayer must be offered in faith. The believer 
must pray hoping and expecting. The Father in 
heaven waits to hear the prayer of faith, offered in 
Jesus' name. "Pessimism cannot sing because it has 
no hope, and cannot pray because it has no faith." 
Is it wisdom we need in the solution of life's prob- 
lems? "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of 
God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth 
not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in 
faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is 
like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and 
tossed." James 1:5, 6. God may be found in the 
heart of every crisis. 

Waterloo, Iowa 


A Workman is Worthy of His Hire 

Dr. C. L. Anspach 

I am thinking of many loyal servants of The 
Brethren Church, lay and ministerial, who have met 
the standards of Christian living; "Greater love 
hath no man than this that he give his life for his 
friend." These faithful servants have given the 
productive years of their lives in the interest of the 
Kingdom of God. They have worked without re- 
gard to hours and have never hesitated to sacrifice 
when occasions suggested that the burden was not 
theirs but belonged to others. Without complaint 

they have given their lives to a great and holy 

It has been my privilege to know some of these 
men and women. I am thinking now of several who, 
through active pastorates, built a number of 
churches. Some of these ministers have preached 
as many as five sermons a Sunday in order to carry 
the work on. Mission points have been established, 
churches have been built and congregations kept 
alive, by them. While doing this they did not ask, 


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nor did they receive, large salaries. Often they re- 
turned to the congregation not only the tithe but 
the tithe plus. Many of them were unable to col- 
lect the salary agreed upon. In spite of such treat- 
ment and the trials of pastorates, they have kept 
the faith and carried on the fight. 

We owe these ministers and their wives a fair 
pension, for we have not made it possible for them 
to accumulate annuities. We owe them a fair return 
in their hour of need, for we have not paid large 
enough salaries to make it possible for them to ac- 
cumulate any savings. We are duty bound to help 
now for they worked for us. We are bound not only 
by conscience, but by Christian duty to support our 
Benevolence Board. We should give liberally to the 
work of this board. 

When the offering is taken on February twenty- 
third for our benevolence work, we must also re- 
member the Brethren Home. Much has already 
been said about our national home for the aged. Too 
much can not be said in support of the work it is do- 
ing. It is a fine home, the gift of one who apprec- 
iated the need of lay and ministerial Brethren peo- 
ple. He has given a fine home but it must be main- 

tained. It is our duty to see that the farm, farm 
equipment, and buildings on the farm are properly 
maintained. Again, it is our Christian duty to do 
so, for we are charged with the responsibility as a 
church to look after the needy, the sick and the 
aged. For years we have prided ourselves on our 
care of our needy members. It can be said to our 
shame that we are in danger of developing the at- 
titude of "let the government do it." A leading 
magazine pointed out in an article, sometime ago, 
that certain denominations in the United States 
were assuming full responsibility for the care of 
their needy members. I am sorry that our denomin- 
ation can no longer be so listed. We have been told 
"Ye ought to help the needy." If we feel this obli- 
gation, we will give liberally on February twenty- 
third to the Benevolence offering. 

Now is the time to assist. Meet your responsibil- 
ity as a member of The Brethren Church to the 
worthy men and women who have given life to The 
Brethren Church and the Kingdom of God. 

Central State Teachers College, 

Mount Pleasant, Mich. 


Christian Profession 
and Obligation 

"For with the heart man believeth unto right- 
eousness; and with the mouth confession is made 
unto salvation." Rom. 10:10. Paul says that this 
is a proper confession. But there is a deal of dif- 
ference between a confession and a profession. 

A profession is an open declaration of one's belief, 
faith, or practice. According to the Scriptures 
there are two groups of professors, namely, the true 
and the false. We wish it were not so, but it is true. 
Some are pretenders, hypocrites, speaking great 
swelling words and having a form of godliness but 
denying the power thereof. They are not good com- 
pany for Christians. From such turn away least ye 
become like-minded. 

Rev. Floyd Sibert 

Now the true Christian profession is an open de- 
claration of our faith and belief in Jesus Christ as 
presented in the Scriptures. This seems like a very 
small thing to do and in comparison with the work 
of grace which follows it is a small thing. But there 
is far more connected with the Christian confession 
than mere lip profession. Lip profession without a 
heart belief and confession is a deadly evil and a 
dangerous practice. 

God has always had to deal with false professors. 
Cain professed to be righteous, but his disobedience 
belied the fact. David mentions the fact that, 
"they" (the people of Israel) "remembered that God 
was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. 

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Nevertheless they did flatter Him with their mouth, 
and lied unto Him with their tongue." Solomon 
said that they had fervent lips but a wicked heart. 
Isaiah said that they are like earthen vessels over- 
laid with silver dross. Ezekiel, in describing the 
false professor says, "They come unto thee as the 
people Cometh, and sit before me as my people, and 
they hear thy words, but they will not do them: 
for with the mouth they shew much love, but their 
heart goeth after their covetousness, and Lo Thou 
art unto them a very lovely song of one that hath a 
pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument: 
for they HEAR THY WORDS but DO THEM NOT." 
The book of Titus speaks very plainly on this sub- 
ject. "They profess that they know God; but in 
works they deny Him, being abominable, and dis- 
obedient, and unto every good work reprobate." 
Therefore not every one that saith unto me Lord, 
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but 
he that doeth the will of My Father which is in 

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have 
we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have 
cast out devils? and in Thy name done many won- 
derful works? And then will I profess unto them I 
aever knew you: depart from me ye that work in- 

These were all professors. Each had a pi'ofession 
[>f his own but they all fell short of the approval of 
the Lord. Their professions were empty and void 
of any obligations. 

What then is the object of the true Christian pro- 
fession? The object of the lawyer's profession is 
law. The object of the doctor's profession is medi- 
cine. But the object of the Christian profo'^sion is 
Christ. He must be known before He can be proper- 
ly confessed. In fact no person can enter the family 
of God without an intimate acquaintance with Him 
"whom to know is eternal Life." We find the ob- 
ject of our true profession in the written Word. 
James says that God hath begotten us "by the Word 
of truth." Paul says that we are "begotten through 
the gospel." Thus it is quite evident that a knowl- 
edge and acceptance of the Word is necessary. The 
accepted Word presents us with a living Savior and 
a loving Father. Whenever we are truly begotten of 
the Gospel we are in a position to make a profession, 
—the Christian profession. "For ye are the sons of 
God by faith in Christ Jesus." 

There are seven great confessions recorded which 
ought to form the basis of sound profession. 

Peter said, "Thou art the Christ the son of the 
living God". This confession acknowledges God as a 
living Father and Christ as His Son. "Nathaniel 
answered and said unto Him, Rabbi, thou art the 
Son of God, thou art the king of Israel." Here He 
is acknowledged as teacher, Son and King of Israel. 

The woman of Samaria recognized Him a Christ. 
Peter's second confession reemphasized the first. 
"And we believe and are sure that thou art the 
Christ the Son of the living Gk>d." Martha's confes- 
sion recognized Christ as "the Son of God which 
should come into the world", the Christ of promise. 
"Thomas answered and said unto Him My Lord and 
My God." Here we have added to the previous con- 
fessions the Lordship of Jesus. The Ethiopian eu- 
nuch read from the Old Testament, but nevertheless 
he confessed that Christ was the Son of God. In all 
seven confessions there is the dominant teaching 
that Christ is the living Son of the Living God sent 
from Heaven. 

Certainly such a confession must come from the 
heart before any person has the right to profess to 
be a Christian. To be a Christian in the true sense 
is to be a child of God through adoption. This is no 
ordinary adoption but a blood adoption. We cannot 
become a child of God without having the blood of 
His Son. But once we are adopted into the house- 
hold of God we then become joint heirs with Christ. 
So far this creates a very desirable transaction. Who 
wouldn't want to be a Son of God ? He is a perfect, 
loving Father. Who wouldn't like to be a joint heir 
with Christ ? He holdeth the wealth of the world in 
His hands, and the riches and glory of Heaven are 
His. Such a desire is not wrong. Indeed it is most 
sensible. The Christian is urged to set his affec- 
tions on things above. This glorious inheritance has 
been prepared for you, and for you it has been re- 
served. Both the Father and the Son will be disap- 
pointed if you miss your heritage. Jesus says that 
all who keep His commandments, love one another 
and follow Him will surely come into this Heavenly 

But the Christian profession carries with it cer- 
tain obligations. When a man professes to be a 
medical doctor he assumes the obligation of honest- 
ly endeavoring to make his patients well. When a 
man professes to be a lawyer he assumes the obliga- 
tion of administering justice according to the civil 
law of the state. When a man professes to 
be a Christian he assumes the obligation of following 
Christ as well as obeying His commandments and ad- 
ministering the law of Christ. Paul says that "Sal- 
vation is unto all that obey Him." He also says, 
"Vengance on them that obey not the gospel." In 
other words to accept Christ is to also accept the re- 
sponsibility of obeying Him. The test of discipleship 
is the keeping of His commandments. There is no 
escaping the issue. For "He that keepth not His 
commandments is a liar." A profession without ob- 
ligation is a false profession. Faith without works 
is dead. 

One who professes to be a follower of Christ must 
expect to go only where He leads. If he is a true 


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Christian he will be content in the places where 
Christ leads. There is peace, safety and prosperity 
where He leads. "He leadeth me beside still waters" 
and in green pastures. He prepares a table before 
me. To follow Him is not a choice but an obligation 
for every Christian. He inherits this obligation 
along with the riches and glory. Blessed is the man 
who walketh not in the way of sinners. 

The man who inherits an estate naturally, auto- 
matically and of necessity assumes the obligation of 
being responsible and liable for the same. Certain 
business obligations must be met by him or he soon 
loses his inheritance. 

No man can become a son of God, a member of the 
household of faith and not assume certain heavenly 
obligations. He who becomes a joint heir with 
Christ must share jointly the stewardship of his 
heavenly estate. This estate contains abundant 
riches to make every man rich unto salvation. A 
good steward will help to distribute this wealth 
where it belongs. "Follow Me and I will make you 
to be fishers of men". "Ye shall be my witness", said 
Jesus, at home, abroad and everywhere. "Go ye", 
said Jesus, and then went back to His Father's 
throne and sat down, "Hence forth expecting." Ex- 

pecting what? Why, expecting that His newly 
adopted sons will be as faithful to their obligations 
as was His own Son who refused to stop short of the 
cross where He could shout to the heavens above, "It 
is finished." His obligation was unto death. He 
died for others. Likewise the obligation of every 
true believer is unto death. "Be thou faithful unto 
death and I will give thee a crown of life." 

We have been saved to serve. Certainly no man 
can be called a child of God who refuses even the 
crumbs of living bread for the starving multitudes. 
It is well to remember Dives and Lazarus in this re- 
spect. We are under obligation to follow and to 
serve as "good stewards" of Jesus Christ. "Freely 
ye have received, freely give," of both material and 
spiritual benefits. Refusal to share either, brands 
us with the mark of selfishness and selfishness is of 
the devil. 

The true Christian profession is a life well lived 
according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit. "Ye 
are living epistles, known and read of all men." Our 
Christian obligation is to so live that men may know 
that we are children of God and therefore glorify 
our Father in Heaven. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. 



to Rest 

THOMPSON — At UniontowTi, Penna., on January 25, 
1941, ooccurred the death of Sarah Elizabeth Thompson, wife 
of John H. Thompson, relict. Mrs. Thompson was born in 
Nicholson Township, Fayette County, Penna., Oct. 27, 1859, a 
daughter of John and Mary Howard Steele. She was married 
to John H. Thompson Nov. 15, 1882, and was the mother of 
six children. The husband, one son and an only daughter pre- 
ceded her in death. On January 18th the writer was called 
upon to administer the ordinance of anointing to our be- 
loved sister, and within a few hours she lapsed into a stage 
of coma from which she never fully rallied. And because of 
having been her pastor for nine and one-half years I was 
asked to take charge of the funeral services. 

Sister Thompson was a charter member of The Brethren 
Church of UniontowTi, and with her husband served in of- 
ficial position in the congregation as deacon and deaconess. 
"Deacon" and "Ma" Thompson graced the offices bestowed 
upon them by the church throughout their entire lives. Dur- 
ing the writer's pastorates at Uniontown many choice and 
beautiful floral gifts came to the minister's home from "two 
good friends", which was the customary signature on the card 
accompanying the gifts. These gifts came from the large 
green-houses over which "Deacon" Thompson exercised su- 
pervision for more than thirty years. And as Sister Thomp- 
son lay in her coffin in the home her body was surrounded 
by a rich array of most beautiful floral tributes, mute testi- 
monials of the love and respect of her friends and loved ones, 

and fitting setting for the body of one whose life had been 
lived among the flowers. 

"Ma" Thompson will be missed not only in her home and 
local congregation, but at both State and General Confer- 
ences, at which she and her good husband were regular at- 
tendants. "Deacon" Thompson preceded "Ma" in death by 
some nine years, and yet so closely were their lives knit to- 
gether in the home and the church that we who knew them 
best always think of them together. And now they are united 
in the "hallowed fellowship" of God's holy presence, and our 
hearts rejoice in the. assurance of hope that we, too, shall 
some day join them in that fairer world of light to dwell in 
"hallowed union indivisible." 

The obsequies for Sister Thompson were conducted at her 
home on January 27, with the undersigned in charge, and as- 
sistence being rendered by Elder D. C. White, pastor of the 
Brethren Church, of Mt. Pleasant, Penna. Burial was in 
beautiful Oak Grove cemetery beside the bodies of her com- 
panion and two children. We have but memories to cherish, 
but they are sacred and blessed ones, and we shall meet 
again. Dyoll Belote." 

RIDENOUR — Mrs. J. M. Ridenour departed this life Nov. 
5, 1940, at Dukes Hospital in Peru, Indiana, aged 72 years. 

On Sunday the 3rd she asked for the anointing service 
which we were privileged to grant her. On Friday the 8th 
we had charge of the funeral at the Roann Brethren Church, 
with a large number present. Burial was made in the 
Friends Cemetery at Wabash. 

"Mother" Ridenour, as we liked to call her, was indeed a 
Mother of Israel, and just a bit less than two years ago we 
were privileged to lead her to the Lord and baptize her along 
with her splendid husband, and both really were happy in 
Him. w. R. Deeter. 

February 15, 1941 





The National Sunday School Association 
oF the Brethren Church 



General Secretary 

Rev. E. L, Miller 

Little did Robert Raikes or the Gemian Baptist 
Brethren of the eighteen century think that the 
work they commenced would result in something as 
big as the present day Sunday School movement. 
Those Tunker Brethren with their Scripture cards 
started something most worth while in trying to 
get the Word into the hearts of the children and old- 
er folks as well. Robert Raikes also did a fine piece 
of work later in trying to get the youngsters off the 
streets on Sundays and away from the worse than 
useless kind of lives they were living. He had found 
out that left to their own devices over the week-end, 
no end of crime and evil-doing would be hatched up. 
So he herded them together in more or less desir- 
able places and tried to get something decent and 
moral into their heads and hearts. This was soon 
followed by the introduction of Biblical teachings. 
Too bad that centuries had passed without any one 
sensing the need of fetching the young up like they 
should be reared to make them decent, lav/-abiding 
and God-fearing citizens. The world has paid dear- 
ly for that neglect in the years gone by. 

But what of today ? Are we making the best use 
of the time now? Are we building as we should on 
the firm foundation those Tunkers and Robert 
Raikes laid quite two centuries ago? Millions are 
attending our Sunday Schools, but what about the 
tens of miUions who are not ? It is one thing to have 
good ancestry and to boast about the same. But it 
is another thing to show proper appreciation of such 
predecessors by making the most of what they have 
handed down to us. No doubt if the beginners of 
the Sunday School movement could see some of our 
plants today they would be amazed at the fine ap- 
pointments for Sunday School work and Bible teach- 
ing that we have. And I hope the spirit with which 
we attack the thing would not depress them. 

But with all the fine start we have, all the mater- 
ial possessions of the church folks, and all the edu- 
cational facilities outside the church and Sunday 
School, I feel they would wonder why so much stress 
on secular education and so little stress on religious 
instruction. Why rule the Bible out of so many of 
our schools and school systems when that very book 
was the foundation of all our liberties and education- 
al work as well. It is well known by all of us that 
the New Testament was used not only for religious 
and moral teaching in the earlier days of our Ameri- 
can educational work, but it was the book from 
which our forefathers learned their English and how 

to read. And what English they got! The Nev 
England poets of the earlier day show how that old 
book influenced their lives. And the McGuffey 
Reader series, known so well to our elder folks, 
shows all the way the influence of the Book of books. 
Would that more of our writers of today were close 
students of that Book and had its uplifting influ- 
ence dominating their thought and style. 

So the Sunday School has grown, but has its 
growth stopped ? We have heard for years that the 
total membership of the Sunday Schools of our land 
is something under twenty millions. That number 
like the laws of the Medes and Persians, seems to 
never change. Is their really a ceiling to Sunday 
School growth, and have we reached it? Surely if 
the institution is good for those who avail them- 
selves of it, and again I feel it is, then why not make 
a desperate effort to have all the other millions 
avail themselves of it too ? Perhaps it would help us 
solve the crime problem of today. We say that some 
twenty-six millions of our present day youth never 
darken the door of a Sunday School. And on the 
next page we say that the criminals of our land are 
largely in the teen age. The large majority are un- 
der thirty. Putting two and two together might 
really add up to four. And putting these two items 
together we may have the answer to the great so- 
cial problem of our day. Although the Bible is not 
primarily a book on sociology, and is not intended 
as a treatise on politics or political economy, yet the 
Old Book has always been a great aid in solving the 
problems of those two fields, as it is pre-eminently 
the great text on morals, or ethics. So to make our 
land a more decent place in which to live and safer 
as well, why not increase the growth of the Sunday 
School ? 

The Sunday School Association of The Brethren 
Church is trying in all the ways it can to not only 
bring more schools into existence but to make more 
efficient those already existing. All the money ad- 
vanced them by the Sunday School and church 
groups is used to further the work of the Sunday 
School and religious education, and by religious ed- 
ucation I mean CHRISTIAN education. I say this 
so that none of my readers will take me for a Mo- 
hammedan and hint that I am furthering the cause 
of that kind of religion. One must be so awfully 
careful and exact these days. The Association is 
trying to put out literature, helping in the compos- 
ing of the Sunday School helps, backing Young Peo- 
ple's camps, aiding the work of the seminary at Ash- 
land, and all such worth while work. These things 


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should result in the deepening of spiritual life, in- 
spiring youth to greater church service, and prepar- 
ing young men and women for ministerial and mis- 
sionary service. And of course the greater the gift 
the more the Association can do. 

So while you are doing the most possible to make 
your local School grow and count for real good, don't 
forget that there are weaker Schools that fill real 
need and that may not be able to make the grade if 
you don't help them by your prayers and your gifts. 
And as we get it from various surveys made in our 
own land, there are many communities of consider- 

able size that have neither Sunday School nor church 
serving them. To these we should address oursel- 
ves and our efforts. Maybe one of these areas is 
close to your own home. What are you doing about 
it? Has the spirit of the pioneer died out in our 
church and Sunday School groups? There are re- 
gions yet to conquer. Alexander the Great gave up, 
quit too soon and died in a hurry. Maybe the folks 
of the church feel there is no use further, as did 
Alexander. No my dear friends, all is not yet done. 
There are legions to win. And shall we win them 
and grow up to our proper size? We can if we will. 

Our Children's Department 



Dear Children: 

I am sorry to tell you that Aunt Loretta's little golden- 
haired daughter, Ruthie, is very ill. Aunt Loretta has taken 
her to the hospital in Cleveland. She asked me to write the 
letter to you boys and girls this vwek. Let us all pray that, 
if it is God's will. He will heal this precious child. 

Did you ever visit a green pasture in the springtime in 
which snow white lambs were grazing with their mother 
sheep? If you have, you have seen the lambs playing about. 
They probably were running races to a certain spot in the 
field or perhaps jumping over each other's back as if they 
were playing leap frog. These sheep did not need a shep- 
herd because they were enclosed with a fence. 

When Jesus was here on this earth nearly two thousand 
years ago sheep raising was one of the chief occupations. 
There were no fences; so every flock of sheep had a shepherd 
— a man that would go ahead — and the sheep were trained to 
follow him. He did not need to force them before him with 
a whip. He carried a long staff, or cane, with a crook on the 
end with which to keep away animals that might harm his 
sheep or to push aside sharp thorn bushes. 

All day the good shepherd led his flock to spots where the 
grass was green and tender and to sweet clean brooks to 
drink. At night he took them home to a shelter and himself 
lay in the doorway so nothing could get in to harm his prec- 
ious sheep. As they entered the fold he looked over every 
one. If any were hurt or bleeding the good shepherd would 
pour healing oil over the wound. If he discovered that one 
was missing he would search until he found it. How much 
the shepherd loved his sheep! Each one had its own name — 

Jumper, Fleecy, Stormer — and they knew their name. They 
learned their master's voice and would follow him, but no 
other voice would they heed. 

Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd 
giveth his life for his sheep." 

What is Jesus saying? He is the good shepherd. We are 
his sheep. He will lead us into peace and happiness if wej 
will only believe His word and trust in Him. He knows ourj 
name — Mary, Joe, Jim. He knows all about us; every! 
thought we have and everything we do. Shouldn't we keep] 
our hearts and minds pure and clean so Jesus will be pleased] 
when He looks into them? 

Yes, He has given His life for us. He came from His I 
beautiful home in Heaven where He dwelt with His Father] 
to this world. He took a body such as we have and died on j 
the cross so that we might be freed from our sins and have 
everlasting life. Shouldn't we love a Saviour who has done] 
so much for us ? Indeed we should and try to please Him inj 
everything we say and do. 

Let us memorize this little verse. You can sing it to the] 
chorus of the tune of "Old Black Joe", 

"I love Him, I love Him 
Because He first loved me 
And purchased my salvation 
On Calvary's tree." 
With love, in Christ's Name, 
Aunt Loretta's friend, 

513 Bowman St., 

Mansfield, Ohio. 

February 15, 1941 



The Editors Speak 



From times of old there lias lived on the earth a 
small group of people known within the conscious- 
ness of folks whom they meet as rather 'special" 
people. They aren't exactly like the other folks even 
though they try to be. Try as they will they cannot 
veil their final motives which always culminate in 
something attempted for the God of men and wo- 
men. They are always far busier than other folks 
even to the extent that those who think they know 
them best sometimes wonder if they are not pretend- 
ing. They are seldom free of soul and ready to sit 
down and delight in the joys of the day. Their 
faces usually carry the mark of some strain or bur- 
den, while all the time to others theirs seems to be 
the task affording the most ease in the world. As 
is so often said "he just gives a couple of talks each 
Sunday and on Wednesday." That minister! Thank 
God that he lives down in your parsonage ! Like the 
capable general of old in Second Kings, five, there 
will be many a man before his days are over who will 
find that there is no other personality or avenue of 
blessing to his life like "the man of God" who dwells 
there. His is a double assignment. For he dwells 
not on earth alone but also in the skies with God. 
His it is not only to catch the fevers of life about 
him, but to dwell long enough in the heavens to help 
heal them, without becoming infected himself. His 
to keep his head above the clouds and his foot on 
solid earth. His to persuade men and out-woo their 
very loves sometimes. His to sit in his own house 
with everybody in the parish sitting with him in his 
consciousness. His to master the Book of Books to 
where men will consider him an authority, and to 
master the Books of men so that he supercedes them 
with its message. And his to outmaster the world's 
strains with a diviner note to play in men's resisting 
souls. And pity of all sorrows, his it is to do all of 
this with so little capital for operating expenses. So 
the letters he would write must be left undone, not 
because he was lazy but because the church didn't 
have leadership enough to supply him with needed 
things — typewriters, letter-heads, stamps. His would 
be the more prominent part played in many a situa- 
tion; but it costs and the budget is so close. He who 
sits down amidst the worst and most lamentable 
woes of life with your families . . . and cancer-dying 
old lady, the broken up man, the youngster who is 
always looking for him, the mother whose heart is 
wrenched beyond endurance with her family prob- 

lems, the widow without her mite, the hospital, . . . 
again and again and again must he face these and 
when Sunday morning comes be there with the in- 
spiration that lifts men who knew comparatively no 
heartache, no such deep burdens. Then after it is 
all done he must be denied the joys and friendly as- 
sociations that you enjoy and scarcely appreciate; 
for he would be operating a clique if he had his un- 
derstanding friends. Your Preacher! Did you 
think of it that those unappreciative remarks you 
dropped all got back to him in a distorted and magni- 
fied form? Did it occur to you that your absence 
from his Church hurt him because it made him feel 
as if he was not able to do anything good enough to 
suit you. Did you think how he felt that time you 
complimented him for his sermon and didn't even 
come back to hear another. And did you estimate 
his reaction when you gushed over his ability to 
preach and teach the Bible when it wasn't even 
worth your while to attend his Bible Study Wednes- 
day or Thursday night? 

We wonder sometimes how much our dear Lord is 
going to evaluate the treatment a church gives its 
preacher. Will he bless a church that treats lightly 
His personal Servant and Representative there ? We 
cannot think so. Is your preacher facing some un- 
necessary hardships because you never thought of 
these things? We surely hope not; but you will 
consider it, won't you ? J. R. K. 

Praise God for wheat, so brown and sweet, 

of which to make our bread I 
Praise God for yellow corn, with which his 

waiting world is fed ! 
Praise God for fish and flesh and fowl he 

gave to man for food! 
Praise God for every creature which he 

made and called it good ! 
Praise God for winter's store of ice! 

Praise God for summer's heat! 
Praise God for fruit tree bearing seed; "to 

you it is for meat." 
Praise God for all the bounty by which all 

the world is fed ! 
Praise God, has children all, to whom he 

gives their daily bread ! 

— Edward Everett Hale. 

February 15, 1941 


Boys Brotherhood 

This is the second of a series of articles which are written 
by members of the National Committee on Boy's Work in 
the Brethren Church. 

As Brother Benshoff suggests, please let us know of any 
progress you have made toward organizing a local Boy's 

Address your correspondence to either Rev. N. V. Leather- 
man, Berlin, Penna., or to Earl A. Shaffer, Rural Route 4, 
New London, Ohio. 


Organizing — Naming — Brotherhood 

In every church there is a possibility of an organization 
for boys. An investigation will show that even in rural areas 
our boys already belong to some secular or social club of the 
school or community. Boys like to get together and do 
things. By a careful study of the problems relative to start- 
ing a Boy's Brotherhood in each Brethren Church, it is pos- 
sible that much can be done. 

It is wise to bear in mind that a Boy's Brotherhood can 
touch the spiritual side of a young man's life, which side is 
often overlooked in other social groups for boys. 

In organizing a local group it is best to determine approx- 
imately how many boys in the Sunday School and surround- 
ing community would be potential members. The age of 
these boys is important. Boys 12-14, 15-17, 18 and older will 
not mix as a rule. It is best to learn your largest age group 
and build the organization around these boys. The other age 
boys must not be left out, though. A good application of 
tact will eliminate a large part of the difficulty. 

For the sake of the organization as a Brethren society, all 
the officers, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, 
should be members of The Brethren Church. As our g^oup 
wants to render as wide a Christian service as possible, it 
should be plainly stated before your group that boys who 
are members of any church are eligible for membership. 
Should numbers and strength demand that the boys be di- 
vided into different age groups, two or more societies can be 
organized, each with its own officers and programs, etc. 

Each boy should have some definite job project to do. This 
keeps him interested. We need to view our boys as enthus- 
iastic energy machines, eager and willing to do some task. 
Our plans should include definite work projects pertaining 
to the church which will aid the boys in realizing their re- 
sponsbility to the church. 

One of the very first things to remember in setting up a 
Boy's Brotherhood in the local church is the motive for hav- 
ing the organization. A distinct organization, separate and 
apart from other boy's groups of the church or community, 
the Brotherhood must emphasize the spiritual and Christ- 
service phase of life. Social life is valuable, too, and should 
be given the proper attention, but it must never become the 
main interest of a meeting. Explain to the boys that the 
Brotherhood is "in business" to aid them in becoming more 
consecrated in their service to Christ, and to teach them 

methods of living more consistant Christian lives. Our boys 
need such training. 

There are various names by which the local group can be 
known. In as much as the Brotherhood is not in any way 
another organization carried over into the realm of a Boy's 
Brotherhood, but a new organization of your church, separ- 
ate and distinct, it should have a special name given to it. 
A few are suggested, but by no means does this list cover 
the entire field: "Brfttherhood of David and Jonathan", 
"Brethren Boy's Brotherhood", "Brethren Boy's Missionary 
Society", etc. It is important, though, in naming our group, 
that it be given a name which will plainly emphasize the 
fact that it is a Brotherhood, intent on carrying out its noble 


"In union there is strength" and as we have our local 
church boy's organizations we should also be members of the 
National Boy's Brotherhood of The Brethren Church. Upon 
organization, each local society should unite with the Nat- 
ional Brotherhood. Part of the dues collected each month is to 
go to the national Brotherhood. Each society must hold 
meetings each month as prescribed in the Original Manual of 
Procedure of the National Boy's Brotherhood of The Breth- 
ren Church. Each local society must correspond with the Nat- 
ional Secretary and keep him informed on the activities of 
each group. 

If is up to pastors and church leaders to bring about their 
local organization of a Boy's Brotherhood. Such procedure 
will take much faith, for it will not be easy. The boys will 
to a large degree be new to this type of work, and some 
might not be as faithful as they might be. As pastors and 
leaders, we must face all these with a smile, and a determin- 
ation to make a thriving local and national Boy's Brother- 
hood. As we earnestly pray, in faith believing, so shall we 
see that our efforts will not have been in vain. 

W. St. Claire Benshoff, 

Member of Boy's Work Committee, 

Milledgeville, Illinois. 


By One Who Is Not 

The following is another message from the "Boy Who Is 


If I were a boy today, do you know what I would be ? I'd 
be one of the wisest boys who ever walked to town. It's 
good you don't know me or you would say, tut-tut, or some 
other such. Yes, I would be wise. So wise none of the other 
fellows would ever hear of it from me. Wisdom does not 
show off. It does not need to. It hides itself, yet cannot be 
hidden. Solomon gave his boys this same advice. Of course 
some were not wise enough to take it. Wisdom is that in- 
clination, that inspiration, that urge, that willingness to use 
properly he things you learn and know. 

Please read the story again of the two foundations, told 
by Jesus, recorded in Matt. 7:24-27. The difference between 
those two men was that one was wise enough to do what he 
heard, while the other was not. That wise man was wise be- 
cause he learned to DO, when a boy. The other was foolish 
because he did not learn to DO, nor apply his heart unto wis- 
dom. Do you get it? Will you remember it? More words 
won't help you do it. It is up to you. We ought to have a 
wiser boy from now on. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 


Exodus 16:23-25 

The Israelites needed their rest days while wan- 
dering through the wilderness, but no more than 
we do. A strange epitaph was found on the grave 
of Durer, the artist. It read, "Emigravit," an emi- 

We are all emigrants on our way to a better coun- 
try. The Lord's Day is our "resting camp" where 
we pitch our tents and refresh ourselves for the 
hard journey that is yet ahead of us. 


Joshua 11:15 

How wonderful if it could be said of us after we 
have assigned a task, "He left nothing undone of all 
that the Lord commanded him." 

No doubt Joshua did many things that the Lord 
did not command him to do — and, at times, failed to 
do the things that the Lord told him he ought to do. 

We are wondering today about our sins of omis- 
sion? For often we are to be condemned, not for 
what we do, but for what we fail to do. 


Luke 17:1-6 

There are three things that we should meditate 
on today concerning our faith. First, Faith is cap- 
able of increase. Second, The increase of faith is a 
desirable thing. Third, Increase in faith should be 
sought through prayer. 

In the same proportion that we desire an increase 
of our faith it will come to us. May we say just 
now, "Lord, Increase our faith." 


James 1:19-21 

When a seed is planted in the earth the soil re- 
ceives it and begins to operate upon it. 

But when an ideal or thought is planted in the 
mind, the mind may refuse to receive it. Therefore 

the mind must be prepared to receive the ideal; 

antagonisms must be uprooted. "The Word" must 

be received "with meekness." Then ideals will 


Proverbs 29:18 

But a few words to read, but what a thought upon 
which to meditate. Our visions are the transcripts 
of our ideals. Our ideals are the things we desire to 
see come to pass. We may never reach the goal. 
But we shall never reach anything without striving 
toward that goal. 

Have you caught the vision of the ideal of the 
Christian life? Look up. Strive upward. Keep 
the goal in sight. 


Daniel 6:10-13 

"Now his windows were open in his chamber to- 
ward Jerusalem." There is enough in that simple 
sentence to cause us to go to our knees in instant 
thanksgiving that the windows of our souls are open 
to the purposes of our God. We live in a country 
where we do not need to close our windows for fear 
of the consequences if we are seen at prayer. 

But there are many who fail to remember that a 
most important part of our worship is found in our 
daily devotion. Is your window open toward God? 



Psalms 91 
"I had a most remarkable preservation today," 
said one minister to another at a convention. "My 
horse stumbled, and it was by a special providence 
that I was not killed on the spot." The minister to 
whom he was talking said thoughtfully, "I have 
still more reason to be thankful, for my horse never 
stumbled at all." 

Let us pause today to thank God for the dangers 
from which He has kept us, all unseen and unknown 
to us. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Christian Endeavor 
Topics for Young People 

February 23, 1941 
Scripture Lesson: Mic. 6:8; Isa. 56:1, 2; Col. 4:1; 
Matt. 5:38-42 
For the Leader 
We are confronted every day that we live with problems of 
justice in regards to our fellow-companions. It is the right 
or wrong solution to these problems which enable us to live 
with others, or which cause grief and hate. Our greatest 
problem concerns "personal liberty". That is, "How far our 
rights go before they infringe on the rights of others." Most 
of us would gladly live in peace with every body else, but all 
people aren't that way. Thus we have lawlessness, crime and 
war. All these have their roots in sin and Satan. We, too, 
living in human bodies, are subject to making mistakes to- 
wards others. From this we can see that problems of social 
contacts are such as should receive our great concern. Rather 
than try to make all decisions pertaining to justice ourselves, 
we turn to the Word of God. This Book contains the only 
right way to human justice and the settlement of our social 
problems. In fact, the Decalog is the foundation of our mor- 
al and governmental laws of today. As Christians we want 
to be fair and square with everybody. But problems will 
come up. Let us find our answers in the Bible. 

Topic Discussion 

OUR SELF-PRIDE. We read in Romans that "no man 
is to think of himself more highly than he ought to think." 
Yet it is a fact that we think just a little bit more of our- 
selves than we do of anyone else. It is this trait of "self- 
elevation" which is responsible for much of the friction in 
social life. It is this "pride" which causes us to "refuse to 
give in to another person's opinion", or "refuse to cooperate 
when another is chosen leader", etc. Sometimes we try "to 
get even" with someone when they have taken unfair advan- 
age of us. All this is out of harmony with Christian living. 
The Bible tells us to "walk humbly with our God". If others 
treat us unfair, we are to treat them with fairness. Our 
"self-pride" is to be buried in "humbleness". This does not 
mean we are to develop a poor opinion of ourselves nor de- 
velop "inferiority complex" to such a state where we lose all 
confidence in ourselves, and in our ability. Far from this. 
We should recognize our abilities, whatever they are, use 
them in the service of Christ, go ahead when we are right; 
then, "walk humbly with thy God" by remembering it is be- 
cause of His mercy that we are what we are. Seek to en- 
courage others by being fair to them. 

WALKING JUSTLY. It is required of a person that they 
act justly, but how difficult this is can only be seen when we 
understand fully what it means. We must render to all their 
due, which means we are to settle up all obligations, finan- 
cial or otherwise. If a debt has been made, it must be paid. 
Should it be impossible to pay the debt at present because of 
financial stress, it is our duty to go to the debtor and ex- 
plain why. To make a debt and make no effort to pay it is 
unchristian. If a friend has been wronged, go to him and 
make it right. Social "conflicts" with others must be set- 
tled if we are to act justly. Acting justly demands that we 
must do no wrong to anyone, but by using all our Christian 
graces, seek to help others all we can. It is well for us to 

practice a fair attitude towards other people. This can be 
made easier by understanding that other people have rights, 
the same as we have, and that these rights are to be respect- 
ed by us. Through trusting in God for strength, we will be 
better able to maintain an unbiased attitude towards others. 

MERCY AND KINDNESS. Mercy and kindness are linked] 
together by unseparable bonds. As we show mercy, we are 
giving out kindness to others, with the result that we are 
also getting some of it on ourselves. Thus our own lives 
are enriched. A certain young man was well liked in his 
community, and at his untimely death in his middle twenties, 
the community turned out to mourn his passing. His philos- 
ophy on life had won for him theh hearts of those who knew 
him. Each day of his life he had endeavored to be as cheer- 
ful and helpful as he could be. Always he was cheerful, help- 
ful, fair and square with everyone. There was no evidences 
that he was trying to "get the best of you" in his business 
dealings. The community bore testimony to the noble life 
he had lived. He died a Christian death. No, he was not 
super-human, nor perfect. But he had a good attitude to- 
ward life. By practicing what he believed, he lived as best 
he could, with the help of his heavenly Father, showing mer- 
cy and kindness towards all with whom he was acquainted, 
His secret is ours, if we are but willing to adapt ourselves 
to his way of living. His way was the way of Christ. 

GOING THE SECOND MILE. The first tendency in our 
action when we have been vsTonged is to make an enemy out 
of the "guilty" person. The second thought is to "get even", 
We have seen too much of that in years past. The world has 
seen far too much of "getting even." Christ is calling for 
young people who will use His way of "going the second 
mile." Often times, by our selfish action, we heap more coal 
on the fire of misunderstanding instead of helping matters 
The Christian method is to go to the person who has wrong- 
ed you, or talked about you, and discuss the matter with 
him. This is the second mile. When another has taken un 
fair advantage of you, the Christian thing is to do all you 
can to show kindness back to them. This is the second mile. 

Most of the grief and heartaches in this old world could 
be averted if people, victims of human mistakes, would get 
together, prayerfully, and talk the matter over, get each 
other's viewpoint, do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly 
■with God. This is not an untried "theory" from the Bible. 
This is Practical Christianity, given to us to be used as a 
pattern of daily living. . 

(From the Bible) 

I Sam. 24:9-12. David gives Saul a primary lesson in re- 
turning good for evil. Saul has treatened David's life. While 
Saul was sleeping in a cave, David is able to come by his side, 
and instead of taking Saul's life, he cuts off a part of his 
coat and takes it with him. The law of human revenge told 
David to kill Saul, but the law of love and justice told him 
to let his "enemy" live. We, too, should render justice 
where we have been treated unjustly. 

Jer. 23:5, 6. We are amazed at some forms of injustice as 
present in our land today. Corruption of courts of law, mis- 
treatment of the weak, etc., tend to make us feel helpless 
when desiring justice at law. But the Christian is promised 
a day when judgment and justice will prevail upon the face 

February 15, 1941 


of the earth. That one is the Lord our Righteousness. 
Courts of law here are only as good as the judgment of the 
human men who sit behind the desks, but in the day prophe- 
sied in these verses, the infallible wisdom of God will issue 
forth from the seat of justice. All those who appear before 
Him shall go away satisfied. We do not need to wait until 
that -time for His justice, for today it is our privilege to go 
to Him in prayer with our problems pertaining to other peo- 
ple. By thus seeking out the solution to our social problems, 
our life will be made happier and more pleasant. 


Make this a "self-will" and "pride" vs. "the rights of 
others" meeting. A discussion on "our rights" vs. "other's 
rights" will prove helpful. 

Ask your group for their questions and comments on to- 
night's topics and discussion. 

Try Bible memory work in your society. This works well 
in some groups. Try it in yours. 

Topic for March 2, 1941 

(The first in a series on the Trinity of the God-head) 
Scripture Lesson: I John 4:7-11; 16 

For the Leader 

All of us know that "God is love". We have been taught 
from little up about the love of God. But the love of God 
needs to be distinguished from show of love between friends. 
Compared with the love of God, our expression of love one 
for the other is but mere friendliness. God is revealed every- 
where, but the love of God needs to be carried into the hearts 
of men. All races of men recognize the presence of a god. 
But that god usually takes the form of one who hates and 
punishes. It is only when the love of God is taken into the 
hearts of pagan worshippersi that they can really know the 
meaning of love. God uses many people to carry the news 
of His love to others. It is fortunate that we Christian En- 
deavor members can be God's messengers in spreading the 
news of His love. But first, we must have His love in our 
hearts. We must practice it each day so that our life will 
back up our words. 

Discussion of the Topic 

GOD IS LOVE. We can never fully comprehend the love 
of God. All of His acts toward man have been acts of good- 
ness and love. True, God must punish sin, but God, full of 
love, had warned our first parents that if they disobeyed, 
they would have to suffer for their sins. We cannot blame 
God for the sin in the world. We cannot blame God when 
people reject His plan of salvation. Adam and Eve walked 
right over the top of the barrier of "Thou shalt not eat" and 
willingly, by their own decision, ate of the forbidden fruit. 
Thus they fell in sin. God is Love, so Love planted the cross 
of salvation directly in the pathway of sinful man's footsteps. 
We hear the story of Christ's saving grace. Either we ac- 
cept the cross, or we climb right over it on the road to ever- 
lasting punishment. God made none of us for perdition, nor 
has He made it impossible for us to accept His mercy. For 
all who accept His mercy and love shall come eternal bless- 
edness and fellowship with this God of love; but for all those 
who reject God's love shall come eternal loss and punishment. 
This being a just reward because of their persistance in alien- 
ation from God. God is love. Let us show the world He is. 

REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE. No higher proof of the 
love of God can be given than that expressed in the gift of 
His "only begotten Son" to mankind. This reveals to us the 
magnitude of His love. God in His very nature is mercy, 

grace and love; made all the more glorious when we realize 
our own status, for we are little more than enemies and un- 
godly wretches. God revealed His great love by freely giv- 
ing the life of His Son that thereby He might secure eternal 
salvation and happiness for us. Thus, by God's love, we are 
raised from the status"' of condemned sinners to redeemed 
men and women assured of eternal blessings to flow. Small 
wonder, then, that we should exert every effort to keeping in 
touch with God, seeking daily for the closer walk with Him, 
and striving to bring others into the influence of the great 
love of God. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath 
bestowed upon us; that we should be called the sons of God." 

THE FULLNESS OF GOD. God has been good to us in 
informing us of so much concerning Himself. But there are 
times when even all of us have wished that we could under- 
stand more about God and His love. Paul answers our ques- 
tions in Romans: "O the depth of the riches both of the wis- 
dom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his 
judgments, and his ways past finding out". A Scandinavian 
mythology tells of a mortal who attempted to drain a goblet 
of the gods. The more he drank, however, the more there 
was to drink. His amazement grew, until he found that the 
goblet was invisibly connected with the sea, and that to emp- 
ty it he must drink the ocean dry. If we have endeavored 
to understand everything about God let us remind ourselves 
of the fact that our finite mind cannot fully comprehend a 
Being so Infinite as God. Still, we can live and drink in the 
fulness of the love of God, continually seeking out mercies 
from Him without exhausting or diminishing the supply. 

LIVING IN LOVE. The strongest argument which can 
be given to show that Christian believers are to live in peace 
with love for each other is given by John. He says, "God is 
love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God 
in Him. If God so loved us, we ought to love one another." 
Sometimes our conduct betrays our profession of Christian- 
ity. If we refuse to treat our Christian companions with love 
and mercy, how can we expect the unsaved to hear our mes- 
sage and accept our invitation to come to Christ. Countless 
souls have passed into a dark eternity because of Christians 
who thought more of themselves than they did of trying to 
exercise love for one another as an example. 

It is important that in making a profession of knowing 
the God of love, that we do our best to live each day in a way 
which will tell others that we know about the love of God. 
Because of what God has done for us, we owe it to Him to 
live in the best harmony possible with our fellow men. In 
school, social activities, work, church, etc., we can do much to 
show Christian love at all times. It is an open field of en- 
deavor for us. 

THE GREATNESS OF GOD'S LOVE. The greatness of 
God's love is evident by knowing of just two of His many at- 
tributes. First, He is so great that the heaven of heavens 
cannot contain Him. Second, He is so little that He can 
dwell in our hearts. Our reverence and respect for Him 
should increase 100 fold when we grasp the truth that the 
great God of the heavens, the universe, and eternity is the 
same God of love which indwells the heart of each and every 
Christian believer. This should make us have more respect 
for Him, and should encourage us to go out and work harder 
in taking the Gospel message to those who are yet in sin and 

From the Bible 

Psalms 23:1-6. We cannot read these well-known verses 
without receiving a degree of rest and peace for our hearts. 
God in all His power has seen to it that we are well taken 
care of. It often is the case that we are poor in this world's 
goods, but still God is ever able to provide. Our duty is to 
trust Him. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Isa. 55:6, 7. This is the "sinner's beacon light". Where a 
person realizes that in himself he is perfectly helpless and 
destined to eternal ruin, and blindly seek some help; it is 
then that these verses are a life saving light for him. The 
mercy of God is great, "for he will abundantly pardon." II 
Cor. 1:3, 4. Our God should have universal and eternal praise 
for He is the Father of our Savior, the Father of mercy, and 
is the God of comfort. With these attributes He is the ideal 
God. Man-made gods hold the power of fear over their sub- 
jects. Our God rules with the law of love, mercy and grace. 
He also gives us comfort for all the misfortunes of life. 
It would be interesting to spend some time this evening in 
looking up Bible verses containing the name "God" and in 
these verses, substitute the word "Love" for "God". 

Enumerate instances from group suggestions as to ways 
in which the love of God has benefited individuals. 
A Bit of Poetry to Read 
"God, Thou art love! I build my faith on that! 
I know Thee, Thou hast kept my path and made 
Light for me in the darkness — tempering sorrow, 
So that it reached me like a solemn joy; 
It were too strange that I should doubt Thy love." 

— Browning. 
W. St. Claire Benshoff, Topic Editor. 

The President's Message 

To Christian Endeavorers, Greetings: 

Being Christian is a unique distinction — unique because it 
stands alone in the world. One might be many other things 
and find something much like it elsewhere. That would de- 
stroy its uniqueness. Not so with being Christian, for noth- 
ing else measures up to that. You are in the most distin- 
guished company and amongst the most outstanding people 
in the world. I am rejoicing today over Brethren Christian 

You can make my joy yet more complete. Your national 
Christian Endeavor Board is partially inexperienced. It has 
a large task of reconstruction to effect. Also, I speak with 
knowledge in saying that members of it have other heavy re- 
sponsibilities, but they are all eager to see Christian Endeav- 
or mean something in the Brethren Church. And I am hap- 
py to say that I have great expectation for the future. The 
realization of many of those things will rest with you. We 
are counting on you bringing their realization to pass. 

Our Topic Editor, W. St. Clair Benshoff, is faithfully on 
the job with his Topic Notes. Has your Society written him 
to tell him what a fine job he is doing? You know, he will 
do still better if you show him that appreciation. 

The Project and Extension Director, D. B. Flora, is busy 
orienting himself in a new pastorate, but he will soon have 
his head above water and will be organizing and presenting 
our national projects. You most certainly are going to be 
interested in them. 

Did the News Report from your Society escape my eye in 
The Evangelist column? Anyway, I didn't see it, and we 
all would like to know what your Society is doing. Send your 
news to the News Editor, Dorothy Carpenter, R. D. 3, South 
Bend, Indiana, and do it at once. 

There are greater things ahead in Brethren Endeavor and 
I know you are going to be enthusiastic about them — or 
you're not the young people I think you are. How about 
making this one of your slogans, "Be C-ontinually E-nthus- 

Yours In Christ, 

Frank Gehman, National C. E. Pres. 
N. B. Don't forget the news item, and don't forget it at once! 


We are finding that some of our local folks have been get- 
ting the names of folks over the country and then writing 
them for different things. We were much surprised when 
we found this out by some who wrote us about it. We be- 
lieve that the names were gotten out of the clothing room in 
some way, either off some boxes left there at times or from 
something found in some pockets. However, some of you 
have been asked for things, all the way from clothing to 

The purpose of this notice is to say that we did not in any 
way authorize them to do this. They did it entirely unknown 
to us. We have now publicly asked them to NOT do it any 
more, and told them why. But we do not know that that will 
stop it, for some have gotten some things which encourages 
others to try it. We hope, however, that it is over and we 
desire that you know that we had nothing whatever to do 
with their writing you for things and money. 

We have been hit pretty hard here with the flu, but are 
now just beginning to get back to what it was before the flu 
hit us. Today, a kind of rainy day, the attendance here went 
well over the hundred mark. 

The bus still is proving a wonderful blessing. Today, as 
we were up the way with it, we had about fifty folks in it. 
And when nice weather comes, and the flu all over, what we 
can do we do not know. One of the women said today, "You 
will have to have another bus for we want to come." Well, 
we wish you could see how many folks get off that bus for 
services both here in the morning, and at Buckhom in the 
afternoon. Ps. 126:3 and I Thess. 5:17. 

G. E. Drushal. 


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Each of the following received a copy of 
"The Life of David Livingstone" 

The first entry was 
Mrs. Clara M. Hartle, Hagerstown, Md. 

The others follow in order 
Mrs. Ona Lee Sams, Washington, D. C. 
Vesta N. Hoover, Meyersdale, Pa. 
Mrs. Hattie Groves, Milford, Indiana 
Mrs. Leona Volz, Lanark, 111. 
Miss Irma Schaal, Lanark, 111. 
H. J. Riner, West Alexandria, Ohio 
Lois Totten, West Salem, Ohio 
H. A. Gossard, Lanark, 111. 
Mrs. Delmar Knorr, Mt. Carroll, 111. 

The first second and third prize winners will be 
announced as soon as the decision of the judges is 

Chester F. Zimmerman, 

Missionary Superintendent 

Ashland College 

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The New 

First Brethren Church of 
Elkhart, Indiana 

Dedicated Sunday February 9, 1941 

ol. LXIII, No. 8 

February 22, 1941 

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Interesting Items 2 

A Great Day at .Elkhart, Indiana 3 

The Secret of Power — Mrs. David L. King 4 

Brotherly Love — Rev. G. L. Maus 5 

The Mind of God in the Great Commission — Part I 

Rev. Frank Gehman 6 

Some Outstanding Experiences in a Ministry 

of Fifty-five Years — Number I — 

Dr. Martin Shively 8 

More Information for Conscientious Objectors — 

Rev. E. M. Riddle 9 

Preliminary Report of the Treasurer of the 

National Sunday School Association lO 

The Adult Bible Class— Rev. E. L. Miller 11 

Our Children's Department 12 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) 13 

Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 14 

Among the Churches 15 


Secretary's report of the Layman's Sessions of our last Gen- 
eral Conference. We urge every layman ofl the Brotherhood 
to read carefully the actions of the Layman's Association 
and begin immediately to meet the objectives set forth in 
the close of the report. 

DR. MARTIN SHIVELY begins a new series of articles in 
which he deals with some of the laymen of the church as he 
has known them. Dr. Shively has given us much history as 
related to the church by his previous articles in which he 
dealt with the lives of various ministers of the church. This 
new series will appear as rapidly as possible and will be of 
interest to the church at large. 

IT IS NOT TOO EARLY to begin thinking about your at- 
tendance at our Summer Young People's Training Camps. 
Get up enthusiasm and "pep" among the young people of 
your church. Get them to planning NOW for this real 
"treat" during the summer vacation. These camps are among 
the most worth-while activities of The Brethren Church. 

bulletins that come to the office. They keep up in touch 
with the work the various churches are doing. They will al- 
so ofttimes furnish us with a paragraph for our new column 
of Post Card Publicity. 

the past few weeks that has not contained definite announce- 
ment concerning the Publication Day offering and calling at- 
tention to the necessity of renewing of the subscriptions to 
The Brethren Evangelist. Do you read your bulletins? 

HAVE YOU SENT IN your White Gift Offering to the 
Treasurer, Dr. L. E. Lindower? The first report of this of- 
fering appears in this issue of The Evangelist. It speaks 
well for the interest the church at large is taking in the work 
of the National Sunday School Association. 

WiE NOTE WITH INTEREST from the bulletin of tht 
Smithville, Ohio, Church that they are making great pro- 
gress in liquidating the debt on the parsonage of that con- 
gregation. Brother J. G. Dodds is to be commended on his 
fine leadership in this field. Brother Dodds also reports thai 
fourteen have been added to the membership roll of th< 
church during the past year. He adds this significant state- 
ment, "The coming of these souls is the fruit of persona 
work done by the Sunday School teachers and other active 
personal workers of the church." 

IiSllihai-t'ss Fii-!st Unit 

February 22, 1941 

A Great Day 

at Elkhart, Indiana 

Reported by 

yiOURTEEN years ago the Elkhart Church eager- 
Ij' ly watched the breaking of the ground and the 
|l laying of the chief corner stone of the first unit 
■*■ of the now completed building. What a thrill 
was experienced when they moved out of the little 
white church around the corner into the first unit. 
The first unit was built in 1927 under the efficient 
leadership of Brother W. I. Duker at a cost of $31,- 
000. The dedication services were in charge of 
Brother Rench. 

During the years the church has grown and ex- 
panded until our 
basement unit 
could not com- 
fortably care for 
her Bible School. 
To continue to 
grow more room 
was needed. 

Many of our peo- 
ple never forgot 
their dream of a 
church complet- 

Plans for big- 
ger cash days 
were stressed 
Fnd our people 
responded enthu- 
siastically. When 
at last one-third 
of the cost of the 
second unit was 
in hand, plans 
began to take 
shape. Guided 
by their faith in God and the loyalty of our people 
and by the inspiration of our pastor. Brother Kling- 
ensmith, work on the second unit began. On Febru- 
iary 9th, 1941, the Elkhart people dedicated their 
gift to the Lord. It stands as a monument of their 
'faith in God, loyalty to each other and unity in pur- 
pose. This unit was completed at the cost of ap- 
proximately $36,000. 

The exterior is artistic because of its plainness. It 
stands out as a beacon light, giving men and women 
hope for eternity. As we enter the auditorium we 
are attracted by the beautiful wood paneling 
with pews in harmony design. An electric 
organ is installed as an aid to the worship services. 

The Clioii- and the Fixlpit 

Edna Nicholas 

The many large class rooms mean more and better 
services of the Bible School. The various classes 
take keen pride in their rooms, rooms where boys 
and girls will be taught the way of salvation, rooms 
which will be power-centers of the church. 

The services of dedication day began with the 
opening of Bible School in which the attendance was 
576. Dr. Charles L. Anspach gave the morning ad- 
dress. Dr. J. Raymond Schutz gave the afternoon 
address. Rev. Klingensmith was in charge of the 
service. Dean W. E. Ronk, of Ashland, Ohio, read 

the dedication 
services. Brother 
Claud Studebak- 
er very gracious- 
I y took the 
pledges and gifts 
to the church. 
Practically the 
full indebtedness 
was provided for 
by the various 
organizations of 
the church. There 
were many sub- 
stantial gifts 
from friends al- 

The auditor- 
ium was filled to 
capacity for both 
the morning and 
afternoon serv- 
ices. Many from 
adjourn ing 
churches were in 
attendance and the churches of the city were also 
represented. Dr. Mason, of Ashland College, 
brought greetings from the College. 

Brother Paul LaDow together with his committee 
are to be commended for their very splendid work in 
the construction of this beautiful temple of worship. 
Only unity and harmony prevailed to perfect such a 
work. May they ever be awarded for their very 
wonderful work made possible by the Father. Dur- 
ing the four years of service as pastor Brother 
Klingensmith became the inspiration of going for- 
ward and upward — building for the future. He 
gave the challenge to the church, she accepted it and 
today we have a symbol of that challenge. 

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Much praise has also been given to the contrac- 
tors. They worked quietly and in harmony; each 
knew his work and did it without encroachment up- 
on the other. 

Brother Delbert Flora took charge of the work 
here the first of the year. Brother Klingensmith 
transferred the work to him and without interrup- 

tion. We are gi-ateful for his quiet, dignified leader- 
ship. He is now in the midst of a two week's reviv- 
al meeting. With Brother Flora, a new church, a 
very wonderful choir led by Brother Gilbert and with 
Sister Gilbert at the organ great blessings should be 
brought to our people. 

Oi-igiiial Cliui-cli 

jr. H. lilingeiismitli 

I>elt>ert B. Floi-a 


The Secret of Power 

Mrs. David L. King 

The secret of power lies in communion with our 
Heavenly Father who is the source of all power, and 
in Mattliew 6:6 we find how we may have access to 
this power. "But thou, when thou prayest, enter 
into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, 
pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Fath- 
er which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." 
The deepest wishes of the heart find expression in 
secret prayer. 

Prayer is a sincere and earnest pouring out of the 
soul to God through Christ in the strength and as- 
sistance of the Holy Spirit for such things as God 
has promised. David knew from whence came his 
power. He said, "God is my strength and power." 

Jesus said to His disciples, "Ye shall receive 
power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon yovi. 
When Jesus sent tliem fortli two by two to preacli 
and teach He gave them power against unclean spir- 
its to cast them out and to heal all manner of sick- 
ness as well as power to raise the dead. The seventy 

were also sent forth in a similar manner. Returning 
they rejoiced over the results of the wonderous 
power given them. But Christ said they had even 
greater cause for rejoicing and that was because 
their names are written in heaven. 

We find in Acts the twelfth chapter where Peter 
was miraculously delivered from prison through the •' 
power of united prayer in his behalf. Also, in the 
sixteenth chapter of Acts we read of another simi- 
lar deliverance, that of Paul and Silas, which also 
came as an answer to prayer. 

In the Old Testament we liave many Bible charac- 
ters who were men of strong faith and who knew 
well tlie secret of power through earnest prayer. 

If we expect God to hear us when we pray, we 
must hear and obey Him when He speaks to us out 
of His Word. And if we practice in life whatever 
we pray for, God will give it to us more abundantly. 

Smithville, Ohio 

February 22, 1941 

brotherly Love 

By Rev. G. L. Maus 

In the study of this subject the writer is con- 
vinced that Jesus Christ, Paul and the Apostle John 
were experts on the subject of "Brotherly Love." 
They gave as their final opinion, that the supreme 
source of our love for Christ and for each other is 
in our knowledge of the fact that Christ first loved 

In a recent book I read, it is stated that a certain 
woman went regularly every week to a bank where 
she had a safety deposit box. She took this box to a 
little room in the bank, and for thirty minutes she 
went through its contents. This she did for months. 
After her death it was discovered that this 
box contained a small toy rattle, a tiny pair of baby 
shoes and a golden curl tied with a blue ribbon. It 
was said as she emerged from that little room, her 
face shone as if she had spent a day in the "Holy of 
Holies." It was thought she feared to keep these 
precious relics in her home for fear they might get 

This incident, is suggestive of what thousands of 
good mothers have done, and throws more light on 
our subject than all the commentaries that have 
ever been written. Love is the greatest thing in the 
world. It surpasses all other powers, whether ma- 
terial, intellectual, or moral. It is greater than 
hope, environment, — greater than death. Peter 
says "Above all things have fervent love". Paul 
Qot only puts love as the greatest factor in life, but 
holds it as the supreme end of all things. John sums 
it up in three words, "God is Love." 

Love is the very center of our Christian religion. 
All the other Christian graces are warmed, bright- 
ened, and beautified by love. Love is what fire is to 
:he iron. It is what the sunbeam is to the frost, 
ransforming those tiny crystals into tear drops. It 
s what the hub is to the automobile wheel. It is 
A'hat the heart is to the body. It is what the sun 
s to a darkened world. It is the first and last of life 
—present at the cradle and cherished beyond the 
rave. It is the great impulse that rules the whole 
vide world, the great inspiring power of humanity. 

Is it not true that love is the greatest in inspiring 
sacrifice? This is certainly what Paul meant when 
he said, "Love seeketh not her own." It certainly is 
the great inspiring power which leads one to sacri- 
fice for another, a mother for her child, a mission- 
ary for the heathen, a reformer for humanity, Christ 
for the world. 

It was love that inspired the greatest of all sacri- 
fices. After the last supper had been finished and 
Judas had left the upper chamber, Jesus drew near 
His little band of faithful followers, brought them 
close about Him and poured into their receptive 
hearts some of the most precious words that He ev- 
er uttered. Of all the Master's heart-to-heart talks, 
the one of that hour was the most touchingly earn- 
est. And well might it be so, for He realized that 
now was about to be fulfilled the prophecy of Ze- 
chariah: "Awake, sword, against my shepherd 
and against the man that is my fellow, saith the 
Lord of hosts. Smite the shephei'd and the sheep 
shall be scattered." Zech. 13:7. Our Lord knew 
that soon those who would crucify Him would seize 
Him and then that little band would be as sheep 
without a shepherd. It was against the dangers that 
would come after He was gone that He was now for- 
tifying them. Among the things that He knew 
would be a menace to the welfare and progress of 
His kingdom, there were none more to be avoided 
than those evils which would result from a lack of 
genuine love among its members. Therefore, in that 
most solemn hour, with all the intenseness of His 
burdened heart. He said to His disciples, "This is 
my commandment. That we love one another as I 
have loved you." John 15:12. 

When John would explain the great power that in- 
spired the sacrifice of the world's Redeemer on Cal- 
vary, he said, "God so loved the world that he gave 
his only begotten Son." God's love for this sinful, 
suffering world was so great, so mighty, so tender, 
so sincere, that He sacrificed that which was dear- 
est to His own heart, "his only begotten Son." Christ 
was equally as great, and He willingly assumed the 
form of man to accomplish man's redemption. His 
ministry among men was a ministry of sacrifice. Of- 
ten times He had no place to lay His head. He was 
tempted as we are. He was often misunderstood. 
"He was dispised and rejected of men; a man of 
sorrows and acquainted with grief." Is our love for 
Him as such, that we will make sacrifice for Him? 

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How about our love for our fellowmen? Does love 
inspire sacrifice? It does if we live in the atmos- 
phere of John 15:12. "This is my commandment, 
That ye love one another as I have loved you." Cer- 
tainly it is an evidence to the individual of his own 
conversion. "We know that we have passed from 
death unto life, because we love the brethren," I 
John 3:14. It is also an evidence to others of our 
discipleship. "By this shall all men know that ye 
are my disciples, if ye have love one for another", 
John 13:35. 

A love of this kind will manifest itself by its 
works. It will not work harm to another. "Love 
worketh no ill to his neighbor." Rom. 13:10. It 
performs deeds of positive good. "See that ye love 
one another with a pure heart fervently," I Peter 1 : 
22. Loving one another thus cannot result other- 
wise than in deeds of helpful kindness. 

Such a love will be rewarded. It will be rewarded 
here. "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good 
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and 

running over, shall men give into your bosom," Luke 
6:38. Then it shall be rewarded hereafter. "For 
whosoever shall give you a cup of cold water to di'ink 
in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I 
say unto you, he shall not lose his reward," Mai'k 9: 
41. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 
me," Matt 25:40. 

Finally, my Christian friends, a development of 
this grace within you will fit you for citizenship in 
that Land where love shall have unbounded sway. 
As you walk there beside the River of Life, you will 
see no face but that you love it; you will hear no 
voice but that it will waken strains of responsive af- 
fection in your own bosom. Therefore, "let broth- 
erly love continue." Yet, better still, let it grow 
deeper and richer as the days go by. What a glor- 
ious, blessed and inspiring prospect! It is worth 
living for. It is worth dying for. , 

Twelve Mile, Indiana 

The Mind of God in the Great Commission 

Rev. Frank Gehman 


THE Bible is the revealed will and the expressed 
mind of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is the per- 
sonal revelation of both the will and mind of God. 
Hebrews ten, verses five and seven read of Him, 
"Wherefore when He cometh into the world, he 
saith,. . .Lo, I am come (in the roll of the book it is 
written of me) to do thy will, God." Twice in His 
high-prestly prayer our Lord refers to God's expres- 
sion of His mind to men. In John 17:6 we have its 
first use. "I manifested thy name unto the men 
whom thou gavest me out of the woi'ld: thine they 
were, and thou gavest them to me; and they have 
kept thy word," i. e. the expi-ess-on of the Father's 
mind. The next case is in verse 14. "I have given 
them thy word (the expression of God's mind) ; and 

the world hated them, because they b.yq not of the 
world, even as I am not of the world." The Lord 
Jesus is this personal revealer and revelation of the 
mind of God ; the Bible is the written revelation, and 
the two agree in one. Jesus said (Jn. 17:14), "I 
have given them (His followers) thy Word." In our 
Lord Jesus, in His uttered words, and in the detailed 
revelations He later made through His chosen ones 
we may rightly consider we have the mind of God 
expressed. In this respect the Great Commission is 
none different than any other part of divine revela- 

A Climatic Moment 
The moment of the giving of the Great Commis- 
sion was a climatic one. Every former ci'isis of His 

February 22, 1941 

ministry had been dwarfed before the crisis of three 
days and three nights in the tomb. Yet this crisis, 
the decisive one, had been safely passed and the 
remnants of His following regathered. They were 
about to be launched on the greatest of undertak- 
ings. To that end and for that purpose the Great 
Commission was given. It, like all the words of our 
Lord, is an expression of the Mind of God. "All 
authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on 
earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the 
nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father 
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit : teaching them 
to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: 
and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of 
the world." In this Commission we see God's pro- 
vision for the preservation and promulgation of the 
body of truth, and His provision for the preservation 
and extension of the body of the faithful and believ- 
ing, i. e., the true Church. Hence, the mind of God 
expressed in the Great Commission is to the pre- 
serving and propagating of truth in word and in 
symbol, through human agency and ministry direct- 
ed and empowered by divine authority over all the 
world and amongst all peoples. 

A Command and An Encouragement 

Christ's words, "Go ye, therefore," contain both 
command and encouragement — command because of 
the necessity, encouragement by virtue of His "All 
authority hath been given unto me." The "there- 
fore" rests upon the assurance that all authority 
had been given and that because it was henceforth 
in His hands it was available to those who were and 
those who would be His own. It would be absurd to 
suppose that these words were meant to apply only 
to His immediate hearers else they would have out- 
lived their usefulness in one short generation. We 
must believe their scope to be equal with that of 
lohn 17:20, "Neither for these only do I pray, but 
for them also that believe on me through their 
vvord." He addressed Himself to all in the succes- 
5ion by faith. His "go ye" is as sweeping as the 
jlessed Gospel that centers in Himself. Whoso by 
'aith receives Christ falls heir to this command to 

Interestingly enough, though our Lord carefully 
ibstains from the negative element of teaching so 
prevalent in the law, and as carefully avoids cate- 
gorical "do's" and "don'ts". He does not ask His fol- 
owers, but commands them to "Go." Surely the im- 
)erative nature of this commission is revealed there- 
in. Men toy with grace and accept favors without 
irratitude or knowledge. But this was no task to be 
eft to the uncertain interpretations of frail humans 
vho can so easily hide duties behinds words and re- 
sponsibilities behind punctuation marks. There is 
>'ne thing men everywhere understand, namely the 
ommanding voice of authority. And authority is 

just what this Voice had, and still has after nineteen 
or more centuries. The press of the task, the im- 
perative nature of it, and the need for a unified 
sharing of it all appear written across the purpose 
and mind of God in this commission. 

One Task For AU 

Note, for instance, the inclusive range of the com- 
mand, "Go ye". All who listened and heard, all who 
have read or have heard read, all who now read or 
hear repeated these words and acknowledge any 
claim of the Lord Christ fall within their sweep. 
Once heard and the impelling force of the command 
felt no man is henceforth free to disobey. And God 
meant it to be so. He who commanded the winds 
and the waves to be still, might He not command the 
lives and services of men? There was truth to be 
kept alive and propagated and God sets regenerated 
men to the task. His mind acts to prepare a sowing 
of the Bountiful Seed that groweth and flourisheth 
where it is welcomed. 

His command to "Go" was one of immediacy 
limited only by one condition. "He charged them 
not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the 
promise of the Father, which, said he, ye heard from 
me: for John indeed baptized with water; but ye 
shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days 
hence," (Acts l:4b-5). So large a task, so great a 
mission could only be carried out under the impul- 
sion of Divine Power. Divine Authority was to be 
acclaimed with Divine Power; the promise to be 
sealed with Assurance. The Performance awaited 
Enduement, and this only gave pause to Execution. 
It is as the moment between the officer's command 
and the signal for the army's action. This Holy 
Spirit Power both made possible the promulgation 
and the presei"vation of the Great Truth the church 
holds and ministers to a world chaotic in its separa- 
tion from God. 

Definite Instructions 

The greater the mission the more clearly must it 
be defined. To only command His disciples to go 
might result in multitudinous interpretations of the 
task to which they were commanded. Hence there 
follows a definiteness of instructions. It may safe- 
ly be assumed that Babel's sounds would be less to- 
day, and God more honored, and the Lord Jesus 
more exalted, and souls more often saved, and Satan 
more frequently confused if men. Christian men, 
came back for a while "unto the mountain where Je- 
sus had appointed them" and devotedly listened to 
His command to "make disciples of all the nations". 
To hear that loved voice commanding His own and 
directing them in their mission ought to call 
back many from the vagaries of their ministeries. 
One mission, one task for all. "All authority hath 
been given unto me. . .go ye therefore." Here is a 


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Person exalted to the place of supreme authority and 
eminence. All right to empower and command is 
His. The forces of tlie command rests on that fact. 
"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all tlie na- 
tions." Literally, disciple the nations, or to enroll 
as scholars or learners. A task of lai'ge scope and 
design, world-wide and ending only with its accom- 
plishment, or until the King Himself recalls the com- 
mission. All benefits that accrue to humanity from 
this discipling are outgrowths of tlie divinely ap- 
pointed mission, but their realization is not the mis- 
sion itself. Our task is missionary, to missionize 
of all the nations, to make tiiem disciples of our Lord 
and Saviour, to Christianize of all nations. 

There is no comand here to build any structure 
according to our plans or schemes. Jesus said, "Up- 
on tliis rock I will build my church." The building 
is His work. Paul speaks of Believers as "being 
built upon the foundation of the apostles and 
propliets, Clirist Jesus Himself being the chief cor- 
nerstone." This, he says, "groweth into a holy 
temple in the Lord ; in whom ye also are builded to- 
gether (passive voice) for a habitation of God in 
the Spirit," Eph. 2:20-22. Peter adds, "Ye also, as 
living stones, are built up (passive voice) a spiritual 
house," I Pet. 2:5. Brethren, God never commanded 
us to many of the things that take His children's 
time, effort and money today. He never command- 
ed us to build Him a Kingdom ; he urges us to yield 
Him Soverignity — He will construct a Kingdom 

from yielded wills. He did not send us to the re- 
viewing of social ills as our fundamental mission. He 
sent us to missionize, to make disciples to Himself. 
Transfoi'med lives mean a transformed social order. 

Follow Me 

We are to bring men to Christ and Christ to men. 
"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of the nations," 
enrolling them as learners under the tutelage of Him 
Who said, "All authority hath been given unto me 
in heaven and on earth." It is a personage message 
we bear. We preach, not a system, but a Person. 
Some moderns are concerned over tlie "dangers of 
worshipping Jesus." Blessed danger! Let the na- 
tions of the world fall victims to that danger and all 
their other dangers will vanish. We are to make 
disciples of the nations, disciples to our Lord and Sa- 
viour. Search this commission, search all revela- 
tions of the mind of God, search where you may in 
the province of God and nowhere is it found that our 
discipling is to do aught other than to make men ser- 
vants of our Ciirist. His command was always, 
"Follow me." To the fishermen at the.r nets, to 
Matthew at the gate of toll, to the rich young man 
caught in the toils of his wealth and strangled in the 
meshes of his gold : Follow me. To Peter at the last 
moment of earthly f ellowshipping : Follow thou me. 
All else fading into insignificance — "What is that to 
thee? Follow thou me." 

(To be Continued.) 

Some Outstanding Experiences in a 
Ministry of Fiftvj-five Years 


In a series of articles which I began to write more 
than fifteen years ago, I tried to tell some things 
which were outstanding in the lives and work of 
men in the Brethren ministry, as I knew them. In 
all the number of such articles is forty, with a very 
few more to follow if the Lord permits me to write 
them. I iiave long had in mind to write about some 
other things which seem to me to be quite as im- 
portant. The first of these papers shall have to do 
with some outstanding laymen, and later, if the Lord 

Martin Shively i 

permits, to tell my readers of some other things 
which have left an indellible impression on my mind 
and heart. And of laymen it has been my privilege 
to be associated with a group of them whose lives 
and loyalty to the church have contributed as mucli 
to the establishing of congregations and maintain- 
ing tliem, as any man who served in the more con- 
spicuous place, — the ministry. I feel quite sure 
that every man who has served in the ministry will 
agree with me, tiiat without the faithful men and 

February 22, 1941 

women in the pews, his work is handicapped and suc- 
cess is all but impossible. And if in these first arti- 
cles I shall mention laymen more frequently than 
women, I am not to be understood as meaning that 
women are less essential to the work of the church 
and its success than men. For the good women of 
the church, while in most cases are less frequently 
heard than the men, have been the very bone and 
marrow of the spiritual body. There would be no 
Brethren Church today if it were not for the fact 
that faithful men and women, whose names rarely 
were seen in print had lived, and worked and prayed, 
thus holding up the hands of the ministry, and made 
the largest contribution to the success of the cause 
which the pulpit presented. 

My first acquaintance with The Brethren Church 
was during 1884, at Edna Mills, Indiana. Eld. J. H. 
Swihart, than whom the church never had a better 
preacher, was serving as its pastor. Edna Mills was 
a small country village, consisting of scarcely more 
than a dozen homes, in the midst of which there was 
a small church of the more or less union variety. 
Here a Sunday School was conducted, the first in a 
wide region. And here the services were conducted 
by Brother Swihart one Sunday each month, includ- 
ing a service on Saturday evening. Here a small 
group of Brethren held forth, and among them were 
two men who were widely known and keenly alert 
for the church. One of these was Jake, J. B. Metz- 
ger, and the other Billy — ^Wm. Cripe. These two 

men were active recruiting agents for the church, 
and led others in a personal campaign for recruits 
for the service of the Lord. While Brother Swihart 
and his family lived in the village, he was preaching 
at so many other points that he was rarely at home 
except over the week-ends when he was scheduled to 
preach there. But so much personal work was done 
by the men mentioned above and others, that for 
more than a year there was a baptismal service in 
connection with every monthly service, and the 
church grew apace. 

Another of the very active men associated with 
those whose names I mentioned above was Henry 
Neher, who lived near what is now the Cambria 
Brethren Church. Because there seemed to be an 
opening in his neighborhood, work was launched in 
a Presbyterian Cliurch in his community some ten 
or more miles from Edna Mills, and this resulted in 
the erection of a church building near, which was 
later moved into Cambria. The work at Edna Mills 
ended by a transfer of the entire membership to the 
Mt. Pleasant Church, which has now become the 
Cambria Church. Whatever may finally become of 
the work at Cambria, it owes its very existence to 
the work of the three laymen whose names have 
been mentioned, — Jake Metzger, Billy Cripe, and 
Henry Neher. Other good men and women have fol- 
lowed them. Personally I owe much to them, but I 
know that to many others, they were "The salt of 
the earth." 



Inquiries every week from parents and young men 
of The Brethren Church make it necessary to try to 
keep information concerning the porceedure for Con- 
scientious Objectors before the church through 
these columns. Christian people generally are do- 
ing some pretty clear thinking about their attitude 
toward War. The government estimated that there 
might be 5,000 Objectors to reckon with. At the 
end of four months, there are already 6,500. There- 
fore the Conscientious Objector will not need to feel 
that he will be so much alone. 

Perhaps the most of our men, and from other 
Brethren groups the same, will enter training as 
Conscientious Objectors under the mihtary — (wear- 
ing the army uniform, and receiving the salary) — 
but assigned to service considered to be non-combat- 
ant. Some others may feel, as we said in a former 
article, that they cannot accept either combatant or 
non-combatant service. In this case, such person 
should be very sure that his questionaire is marked 
to designate his stand. Your name will then go to 
the Brethren Service Committee in Washington, D. 

C, from which you will receive another brief state- 
ment to be filled and sent back. Upon its receipt, 
such individual will be assigned to a Civilian camp, 
under the Brethren Service Committee. Transpor- 
tation will be paid by the government for such men 
to the Civilian camp. Let it be understood also that 
while you are in a Civilian camp, you will not receive 
a salary from the government. Also recall or note 
former edition of The Evangelist in which we stated 
that those choosing Civilian service must finance 
themselves, or it must come from their friends or 
local church. Young men from our church will be 
warmly received into these camps by the Church of 
the Brethren which is sponorsing them with real 

Further, be it understood, that if you register as 
a Conscientious Objector and choose to do non-com- 
batant service under the military, your choice is 
still consistent and in harmony with the mind of the 
committee and also the statement of our position on 
War, which was mailed out over the church some 
two months ago. 

Many questions have come also relative to the 
type of work to be done in these camps. Soil Con- 


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servation and Forestry are two types of work to be 
cairied on. Other projects will likely be promoted in 
some places. This type of service is fully approved 
by the government and is recognized as a construc- 
tive piece of work. It is also an outstanding Chris- 
tian Testimony against Warfare. 

Note — Any of our young men who are entering 
Camps should write the undersigned for a copy of 
special information as to what you shall be expected 
take with you, with a few other details also, that 
may prove helpful. 

In His service, 

Sec. of Peace Committee, 

Rev. E. M. Riddle, Louisville, Ohio 


Uniontown, Pa., Second Brethren Church 

Terra Alta, W. Va., Whitedale Brethren Church 

Gravelton, Ind., Brethren Church 

Burlington, Ind., First Brethren Church 

Flora, Ind., First Brethren Sunday School 

North Liberty, Ind., First Brethren Church 

Loree, Ind., Brethren Church 

Oakville, Ind., Brethren Sunday School 

Roanoke, Ind., Brethren Church 

Huntington, Ind., First Brethren Church 

Berlin, Pa., Brethren Sunday School 

Brighton Chapel, Ind., Brethren Sunday School 

Morrill, Kans., Brethren Church 

North Manchester, Ind., Brethren Sunday School 

Bryan, Ohio, Brethren Church 

Nappanee, Ind., First Brethren Church 

Williamstown, Ohio, Brethren Church 

Vinco, Pa., First Brethren Church 

Lathrop, Calif., Brethren Church 

Ashland, Ohio, Brethren Sunday School 

Rev. and Mrs. Smith Rose $ 5.00 

Philadelphia, Pa., Third Brethren Sunday School 
Mansfield, Ohio, First Brethren Church 
Hamlin, Kans., Brethren Sunday School 
St. James, Md., Brethren Sunday School 
Sergeantsville, N. J., Brethren Church 
Milford, Ind., Grace Brethren Sunday School 
Mexico, Ind., Brethren Sunday School 
Carleton, Nebr., Brethren Sunday School 
Mrs. E. G. Goode, Harrisonburg, Va. 
Maurertown, Va., Brethren Church 
Milledgeville, 111., Brethren Church 
Summit Mills, Pa., Brethren individuals 
Fremont, Ohio, Brethren Sunday School 
Canton, Ohio, Brethren Sunday School 
Portis, Kans., (individual gift) 
Calvary (Pittstown), N. J., Brethren Church 
Peru, Ind., Brethren Sunday School Class 
Georgetown, Dela., Brethren Church 
Gratis, Ohio, First Brethren Church 
Gretna (Bellefontaine), Ohio, Brethren Church 
Johnstown, Pa., Third Brethren Church 







Warsaw, Ind., Brethren Church 

Meyersdale, Pa., Woman's Missionary Society 

Mrs. Emma Fogle 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry LaRue 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Bird 5.00 

Charles Bird 5.00 

C. O. Baer 5.00 

Hagerstowm, Md., First Brethren Church 
Corinth, Ind., Brethren Church 
Cameron, W. Va., First Brethren Sunday School 
Denver, Ind., Brethren Church 
South Bend, Ind., First Brethren Church 
Masontown, Pa., First Brethren Church 

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. King 5.00 

Tiosa, Ind., Brethren Church 
Mrs. Florence Kimmel, New Paris, Ind. 
.A.rdmore, Ind., First Brethren Church 
Mount Pleasant, Pa., First Brethren Church 

Mr .and Mrs. J. C. Mullen 5.00 

Rev. and Mrs. D. C. White 5.00 

Sidney, Ind., First Brethren Church 
Muncie, Ind., First Brethren Church 
Louisville, Ohio, First Brethren Sunday School 
Washington, D. C, First Brethren Sunday School 
Mount Olive, Va., Brethren Church 
New Lebanon, Ohio, First Brethren Church 
Dayton, Ohio, Brethren Sunday School 
Waterloo, Iowa, First Brethren Sunday School 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Brethren Sunday School 
Smithville, Ohio, First Brethren Sunday School 
Johnstown, Pa., Second Brethren Church 
Roann, Ind., Brethren Church 
Waynesboro, Pa., First Brethren Church 

Woman's Missionary Society 5.00 
















We wish to heartily thank those who have so loyally sup- 
ported the cause of your National Sunday School Association. 
This report may be a hint to those Treasurers who may be 
holding a White Gift Offering and have not sent it in as 
yet. Individual gifts of five dollars or more have been listed. 
Many others have been received. 

Respectfully submitted, 

L. E. Lindower, Treasurer 
National S. S. Assn. of The Brethren Church. 

We thank you! 


are coming in fine. 

Watch for the Report Next Week. 

February 15, 1941 





The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 



General Secretary 


Rev. E. L. Miller 

True as it is that the Sunday School was begun to 
give instruction to street gamins and to keep them 
out of mischief, yet in the modem Sunday School it 
is the writer's opinion that the Adult Bible Class is 
the key to Sunday School success. After more or less 
close observation over a period of more than a third 
of a century, we have come to feel that where the 
adults are attending Sunday School, things go much 
nicer, and the work goes along better. With the 
adults on the job there is better attendance and 
greater enthusiasm. This is true in the town and 
city school and also in the rural outfit. Perhaps it 
is more necessary to emphasize adult attendance in 
the rural school, for coming long distances the chil- 
dren will not be there without the adult coming 
along. But no matter where the school, if Pa and 
Ma are interested enough to attend, we feel the 
younger members of the family will also be on hand 
for the sessions. And we also note that in the larg- 
est Sunday Schools of our land, the Adult Bible 
Classes are very large, running in the hundreds in 
attendance. Such schools may have several thous- 
and members, but the Adult Bible Classes lead the 
way both in numbers present and in influence on 
others to be there also. So, be they Men's Bible 
Classes, Women's Bible Classes or Mixed Bible 
Classes, if they are alive and well attended, they 
conduce to better attendance on the part of all 

Then these Adult Bible Classes are not only the 
backbone of the Sunday School, but they are also the 
guilders of the church. They are the ones that the 
i)astors can depend upon for service to the church. 
In studying their Bibles and supporting the work of 
"he Sunday School they make out of themselves bet- 
ter agents in the work of the church. From them 
!tur church leaders are chosen, our choirs are sup- 
)lied and intelligent service of all kinds is had. A 
.lose friendship is built up among those who come in 
uch close contact with each other and that helps in 
he general fellowship of the church. So. the Adult 
>ible Classes make the Sunday School what it 
hould be, the chief supporting auxiliary of the 
jhurch. Even though the race grows from child to 
{outh to adult, I really think that it goes the other 
'ay when it comes to real Sunday School growth, 
tart the adults going and watch the whole school 

The Adult Bible Classes afford another field of 
activity that we need in our chuixh groups, that is 
the social work. These gi'oups meet for Bible study 
on the Sundays, but at other times they may and do 
meet for more social pui-poses. I have attended many 
gatherings of Bible Class men and women that were 
most enjoyable. Conducted properly these meetings 
are sources of enthusiasm and loyalty to the class, 
the Sunday School and to one another. Banquets, 
programs, including inspiring games, etc., are means 
of getting folks together in the closest kind of fel- 
lowship and to better understand one another. Such 
times do break down any walls of partition that may 
exist. Picnics, com roasts, clam and oyster bakes 
and the like have been greatly enjoyed by the writ- 
er along with many men of the adult section of the 
Sunday School. 

Why should we not enjoy life to the full? The 
Lord put us here to be happy and to make proper use 
of our material substance and time as well, and the 
Adult Bible Classes do help make life more enjoy- 
able with their social times together. More power 
to these groups of our schools. 

It is our adults that make the financial program 
click. If they have the program of the church put 
to them intelligently, they will respond intelligent- 
ly to the call. The writer has noticed that in any 
live Sunday School the attendance is usually nearly 
half adult, and the financial support quite a bit more 
than half from the adults. Dare we speak slight- 
ingly of half of our Sunday School group? Rather 
let us boost this gi'oup and show them how they can 
all the more make the school a success by their reg- 
ular attendance and the leadership which will bring 
the youth and children to our sessions. Too bad that 
the great interdenominational Adult Bible Class 
movement of some years back was permitted to die 
down as it has. Yet such momentum was gained 
that it is still carrying through even though more 
weakly. The organized Bible Class is a strength to 
the school. Perhaps the class organizing fever went 
too far for some and broke down the Adult move- 
ment, but we must not let the abuse of a thing check 
the proper use of it. Over-organization may have 
weakened our schools and churches, but we can 
readily correct that evil, if such it is, and get back 
to a working basis again. We do know that too much 
machinery may stall the motor, but we can install 
more power if we will. But surely no one would say 
that having Adult Bible classes organized for more 
efficient work in the Sunday School is excessive 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Our closing word is that we might stress the Adult 
Bible Class movement more in all our schools. Get 
the men and women interested and there will be lit- 
tle trouble getting the younger folks and children 
interested. Develop real interest and ability on the 
part of the adults and we shall not lack for teachers 
in the Sunday School and neither for enthusiastic 
leaders in the church. Keep the adult classes alive, 
awake, friendly and entliusiastic about the Sunday 
School and its work and most problems of the Super- 
intendent and the school will solve themselves. Mr. 

Wanamaker did say, "Save an adult and you save a 
unit, but save a child and you save a multiplication 
table." But it still stands true that to get that child 
and hold him you better get the parent, the adult, 
first and hold him. So note your large and growing 
Sunday Schools, and your stronger rural schools and 
you will very likely find that they all have live Adult 
Bible Classes which assure good attendance on the 
part of younger folks and also financial support that 
makes the school a success. 

Maurei-town, Va. 

Our Children's Department 



Dear Children: 

No doubt most of you have seen a bear at some time or 
other. Today we are going- to hear the story of how a bear 
was the cause of a lady remembering God's promise to her. 

For our Bible verse, we will use Isaiah 41:10, "Fear thou 
not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; 
I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; yea, I will up- 
hold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." 

Beth Jackson has been a missionary in the lumber camp 
at Minnesota for several years. She was young, strong, and 
full of life, so although her tasks were difficult, they were al- 
ways cheerfully completed before the day was ended. 

Beth and her friend, Carrie Smith, would visit the families 
who were unable to attend the services at Chapel Hill, as 
the little mission was called. Sometimes they had to travel 
many miles to reach the homes. Since they were so far back 
in the woods, it was necessary to travel the narrow, rough 
roads on foot. In some places the road was narrow enough 
that one could reach the branches on both sides of the road, 
by standing in the middle and holding out their arms. The 
trees were so thick on both sides of the road that it was only 
possible to see a short distance away. The girls always went 
together on these visits, but on this particular day Carrie 
was ill and so Beth started out alone. It was important to 
make the long trip today, for about ten miles over the way 
was a poor mother caring for her little two year old son who 
must have some medicine to help him through the weary 
night which was to follow. Mr. Smith and two other chil- 
dren had been in bed with the flu for a week and Mrs. Smith 
was counting on Beth to help her. 

When daylight came Beth was ready to start. She paused 
long enough to ask God to go with her on her day's work. 
With a smile on her lips she told Carrie good-by. 

Beth's strong body soon took her over the miles to the 
Smith's and indeed, the needy family was glad to see her. 
She went to work and soon had the two room home bright 

and shining with freshness. The Baby was resting easy now 
and the soup which she had made was ready to eat. Each 
one of the sick was strengthened by her prayers and her 
help. Beth looked at her watch and saw that the time had 
come for her to- start on her homeward journey, if she was 
to reach home before dark. 

After making sure that every one was comfortable, she 
hurried toward home. It seemed that the day had gone well 
for her. The Lord had blessed her work with the Smiths, a 
family that had only known the Lord for a short time. 

There were many things to think about as she walked 
home. Beth was so busy thinking that she forgot to look in ■ 
her path way ahead. When she glanced up there was a large , 
black bear only a few feet away from her. She stopped and 
became very frightened as she thought about the woods on 
both sides of her, and the nearest house was six miles away. 
She had stood there only a minute before she became asham- 
ed of herself. For was not God with her? Had not He 
promised to take care of her, and was not He stronger thaiii 
the bear? She repeated the verse — "Fear thou not; for I am 
with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I wil: 
strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee' 
with the right hand of my righteousness." She knelt dowi 
in the road and asked God to take care of her and to make' 
the bear go away. She also asked Him to forgive her foi, 
being afraid. When she opened her eyes the bear was run , i 
ning into the woods and she did not see him any more. Betl 
reached home safely, and had many interesting things to tel 

God took care of Beth and He will take care of us too, i : 
we will only ask Him to and then believe in Him. God neve j 
breaks his promises. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 
Aunt Loretta, 

513 Bownnan St., 

Mansfield, Ohi 

February 22, 1941 


Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 


Psalms 116:13 

"The cup of salvation." Is your cup full or empty? 
The cup of salvation can only have one source of 
filling. Th?.t source is found at the foot of the cross. 

As we kneel in prayer we need a refilling of our 
cups. Not that we find them entirely empty, but 
we need the constant dropping of His graciousness 
into our hearts. It is the day-by-day filling that 
each of us need. 

Is your cup full to ovei'f lowing ? 


Matthew 11:28-30 
A careful reading of this scripture should cause 
us to examine our lives and their relationship to the 
Master regarding our service to Him. The first five 
; words of verse 29 form the heart of our thought to- 

A yoke is so constructed that it helps bear the 
burden. When we serve the Lord we yoke ourselves 
with the One who bears the greater part of the load. 
But, "His burden is light." And your burden be- 
comes His burden. Take that burden to Him and 
leave it with Him. Then your service becomes a 

John 11 :39 
When Jesus stood before the tomb of Lazarus that 
ay, a stone rolled before the door of the tomb mark- 
d the separation between life and death, 
s How many times it is a material things that sep- 
arates us from an eternity of bliss. 

When the stone was rolled away it only took the 
voice of the Son of God to bring forth one who was 

Today as we listen to His voice may no material 
)bstruction stand between us and His love. 


Matthew 16:24 
The world seems to be full of crosses. They come 
o us from every direction. But they all pale into 
nsignificance in the presence of the cross which 
•ur Master was called upon to bear. 

We cry out at our suffering. We pray for de- 
liverance. The word comes back clear and strong, 
"Take up thy cross and follow Me." 

Crosses can be heavy when they are light and light 
when they are heavy. All depends on how they are 
borne. He bore a cross for you. Bear yours for 



Isaiah 27:5 

"Take hold of My strength." What a picture of 
God's compassion. 

It is like a small boy trying to pull a heavy load in 
his little wagon. His father comes along and says, 
"Son, let me hold the wagon tongue and you take 
hold of my hand and then you can pull it." And the 
wagon moves easily. The little boy is literally tak- 
ing hold of his father's strength. 

As day by day we meditate, we take hold of our 
heavenly Father's strength and find it sufficient. 



Hosea 14:1, 2 

Jesus has left with us His words of tenderness, 
compassion and love. When we read the Holy Scrip- 
tures daily we are literally taking His words with 
us in our round of daily duties — words that have 
been either spoken aloud or whispered in the mind. 

The words thus taken may become our help 
through diversity or our pleasure through our joys. 
The Word says, "Thou shalt meditate therein day 
and night." 

How much deeper our supplication may go if it 
goes by the way of the Word. 
Matthew 6:25 

When Jesus says, "Take no thought for your life," 
He does not mean that we should become thought- 
less beings. Too often we find these words far too 
literally true in our relation to human life and daily 

Paul in II Corinthians 10:5, admonishes us to 
"bring into captivity every thought to the obedience 
of Christ." In other words, submit our thoughts, 
which become the fathers of our acts, obedient unto 

Are we submitting our lives to Him, who is King 
of kings and Lord of lords ? 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 


Topic for March 9, 1941 


Scripture Lesson^John 1:1.5-17; II Cor. 8:9; 
II Tim. 2:1-3 

For the Leader 

There is a term which is familiar to all of us who have 
been acquainted with the church. The term, "saved by 
grace" is one mostly taken for granted as being understood 
by all Christians. Yet we all can afford to look a little 
deeper into the "marvelous grace" of our God. In the term 
"grace", as it refers to God and the individual, is wrapped 
up all of the matchless operations of God toward mankind. 

Grace expresses the freeness of the divine love of God, 
which is not won by any merit on our part, but comes of its 
own accord as a blessing to us. Christ, through His life and 
death, is the supreme example of the grace of our heavenly 
Father. The path of salvation is the expression of the grace 
of Christ the Son towards us. 


ORIGIN OF GRACE. The plan of salvation was not an 
afterthought in the mind of the Creator. Before the foun- 
dations of the world were laid, salvation's program was ar- 
ranged. It needed only the passage of time to bring it to 
pass. It is true that man cannot work out his own salvation. 
So "grace" abounds that through its power we might be 

God had love for a lost world, so His grace gave us 
Christ. The Son had compassion for a lost world, so His 
grace has been extended to us in the form of salvation. 
Through the- mercy and grace of the triune Godhead, this 
Gospel is made universal for a lost world. No penitent soul 
need despair that his cries for forgiveness will not be heard. 

OPERATION OF GRAOE. God has taken the initiative 
toward mankind which has alienated itself from Him. Natu- 
ral man does not seek out a Savior, but God seeks out the 
lost man. The human race by its repeated acts of disobe- 
dience has been out of fellowship with God, its best Friend. 
Worse yet, this rebellious people have of themselves made no 
attempt to come back into the right relation with God. 
Through grace God gives the convicting power of the Holy 
Spirit which goes into the sinner's heart and stirs up a con- 
sciousness of wrong. Christian people are then to explain 
the grace of Christ to the convicted one. This one is led to 
accept Christ, and grace for the time being is complete in 
the life of another soul. 

By repentence we have not earned forgiveness, for forgive- 
ness is still an act of grace on the part of the One who for- 
gives. We are saved by grace, "not of works, lest any man 
should boast." Grace is the free gift of God. It does not 
stop with the reception of salvation, but goes on throughout 
the Christian life as an aid to daily living. 

GRACE UPON GRACE. The grace of Christ does not 
cease on the day when we receive salvation. It continues in 
an every increasing abundance day after day. All of our 
daily blessings are favors given to us by our merciful Fath- 
er. All who are living a true Christian life can fully attest 
to the continued grace. It would be foolish to believe that 

after Christ had favored us with the gift of salvation that 
He would neglect the remaining days of our life. Christ 
had a two fold purpose in His life on earth. First, to open 
up the reservoirs of grace for mankind. Second, to purchase 
the church as His bride. We Christians are members of His 
church, which will someday be the bride of Christ. It is only 
natural that between the day of salvation, and the end of 
our earthly life that Christ would thus be interested in us. 
We can plainly see the reason for His continued "grace up- 
on grace". We should so live in appreciation of His contin- 
ued grace and favor. 

PRACTICAL GRACE. Countless numbers of Christian 
men and women can give proof of the power of grace in their 
lives. Paul gives great testimony to God's grace when he 
says, "By the grace of God I am what I am." By knowing 
the kind of life Paul lived before his conversion and compar- 
ing it with the life he led after his acceptance of Christ, we 
are convinced of the power of God's grace. 

Every sinner is urged to come to Christ "just as he is", 
with a humble and pentitent attitude, asking only for the 
mercy of God. Under such circumstances God forgives, and 
the sinner at once comes under the cover of grace, and re- 
ceives a pardon for his transgressions. All who are now 
Christians have done so. All who have not are urged to do 
so without fail, else when death comes they will be found 
without hope. Church buildings may change; governments, 
philosophies, popular ideas, etc., may change, but God's laws 
regarding sin and death do not change. Sin is still sin, and 
needs to be forgiven. Christ's grace is still the only atone- 
ment for sin. For assurance of eternal life and escape from 
eternal punishment, men and women and young people must 
still accept the grace of Christ for salvation. Today is the 
day of salvation. 


Unless your group is an exceptional group, you have one 
or more members or attendants who have never made a con- 
fessions of Christ. This topic tonight on "grace" affords an 
excellent opportunity to explain the way of salvation. 

Brief talks on these seven steps of salvation will be help- 
ful to your meeting: 1. Knowledge of guilt; 2. Repentance; 
3. Confession; 4. Forgiveness; 5. Acceptance of Christ's 
work; 6. Baptism; 7. Salvation realized. 

With the help of your pastor, give an invitation to those 
present who have not as yet come to Christ. 

From the Bible 

Ephesians 2:4-8. God has shown great mercy toward man 
kind in that when we were completely lost in sin. His lovi 
was manifested through His Son, and we were given a wa; 
to eternal life. We have been assured that if we continue fc 
walk in His ways, that we will eventually enjoy the riches o 
heaven with Christ. All this is ours because we have faitl 
to believe in the grace of Christ. As Christian lEndeavorers' 
enjoying the benefits of this grace, we should earnestly en 
deavor to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ. W 
will not get everyone we know to accept Christ, but that i 
no reason for us to do no work at all along this line. Wit 
the help of Christ, w-e should continue our efforts in evange 

February 22, 1941 


Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 

Muncie, Indiana. The Muncie Brethren Church was favor- 
ed recently with a three week's revival effort by the combin- 
ation of people, pastor and evangelist C. E. Johnson, of Mex- 
ico, Indiana. With a reverent preparation of prayer meet- 
ings and a dependence upon the Spirit of God for guidance, 
the services were planned to begin with the 6th of January. 
The weather in the first two weeks was unusually good and 
our interest and attendance were excellent. But the last week 
found the Flu and the weather decidedly against us. 

The membership turned out faithfully and was revived, 
the results in numbers were fifteen confessions, one of which 
was a reconsecration, two others will unite with another 
church. The twelve others wdll join the Muncie Church. We 
have already baptized (9) nine and will baptize the others 

Brother Johnson made a splendid impression on the church 
and community. He was sane and sensible in his presenta- 
tion of the Church Ordinances and his evangelistic messages 
were effective. We thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of our 
California brother. 

The meetings closed with Communion on Monday night, 
January 27th. George H. Jones, Pastor. 

Lanark, 111. Last week all the churches of Lanark cooper- 
ated in a Union Bible Conference, covering two days, with the 
Rev. C. Vin White, Dean of the University of Dubuque Theo- 
logical Seminary as guest speaker. Rev. Chester Zimmer- 
man, pastor of our Lanark Church, was director of the music 
i at all the services. 

An unusual service was presented on Sunday evening. Wor- 
i shippers entered a darkened church and spent the moments 
prior to the opening service in meditation, while viewing a 
beautifully colored picture of Christ, (Hunt's "Light of the 
World") which was projected on the auditorium wall. After 
a prelude, the hymns, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" 
and "He Leadeth Me" were sung from memory. Colored 
floodlights added to the effectiveness of the blackboard talk 
on "Weights", with the Scripture from Daniel 5. The spec- 
ial number was "At the Feast of Belshazzar." The pastor 
then preached on "The Ten Commandments". 


This is our annual report of doings here in Oak Hill. Jan- 
s' uary 15th marked the end of our second year in service with 
The Missionary Board and these Brethren in the Oak Hill 
Church. There are grounds for encouragements, after all 
things have been considered. We have had some difficulties 
in the past year, one of which has been mentioned, the In- 
fantile Paralysis quarantine. This was soon followed by the 
Influenza epidemic. This came in time to react upon our at- 
tendance which was approaching normal. At the present 
writing the Influenza is very much on the decline. We are 
now looking forward for the usual increase in interest in the 
jchurch vrith the opening of spring weather. 
I We have enjoyed a slight gain in membership to the 
jchurch. Nine have been received into the church. Two have 
jgone to be at home, and two who thought they could be bet- 
jter Brethren than something else came, but after pasturing 
in our field decided it was not good as the food in their for- 
mer place. Thus they returned to their former pasture. This 
eaves us an increase of five for the year. Some of our folks 

have moved to other localities which makes their regularity 
of attendance uncertain, but they are faithful members. 

From the standpoint of business and finance, the year 
has been an encouraging one, and after all this is the import- 
ant thing to put this church back on a firm basis. The run- 
ning expenses of the church have all been met and the 
church has observed all special days making some contribu- 
tion to all the special offerings. Some of these have not 
been what we should like to have seen them, but under pre- 
sent conditions we have no reasons to complain. Approxi- 
mately $150.00 has been paid out on repair and improve- 
ments, such as redecorating and repairing. We have also 
reduced the indebtedness of the church to the extent of 
$1700.00 this yar. Approximately $500.00 of this came 
through monthly offering, purposely planned. The church 
made an average monthly offering of $42.40, throughout the 
year. We hope to increase this average for next year. The 
remainder of the $1700.00 has been in the form of payments 
on notes made as gifts to the church in 1936 which came due 
May 1st. Since that time gifts upon these notes have been 
paid in to the extent of the sum mentioned above. The larg- 
est of such gifts was Dr. Duncan's which was $500.00. The 
church here will always be indebted to Dr. Duncan for his 
interest and liberality to its promotion and well being. Others 
followed in smaller denominations down to $150.00. We 
think this is remarkable for a little church like Oak Hill, 
with a membership made up of folks, just in ordinary cir- 
cumstances. But no church in the brotherhood will surpass 
the Oak Hill Church in loyalty and sacrifice for the well-be- 
ing of the church body. In addition to these finances a num- 
ber of poor people have been helped in cash donations and 
other means. Oak Hill always has conditions which furnish 
one the opportunity to be a good Samaritan, if they choose. 
Again, I must commend the generosity and good will of these 
people, toward the needy and their readiness to help their 
own number who are in need. This has not been so because 
of the pastoral leadership, but they just go and help. Many 
divide their last to help the brother in need. 

We have a Sunday School with an average attendance of 
75 or more when conditions are normal. The W. M. S. is a 
live wire of the church. It is made up of women who are 
faithful and devoted to the cause. In fact, the men of the 
church can look to the W. M. S. and find some examples that 
would do them good to emulate. We have organized the 
Adult department of the C. E. this year, also a Junior de- 
partment, directed by Mrs. Myers. The Intermediate de- 
partment, chaperoned by Brother Sam Duncan and Sister 
Simpson has been reorganized and is starting out with new 
aims and intentions. 

The field here is a hard one due to many conditions which 
exist, that are always more or less common to any industrial 
locality. But it is also a field of opportunity. 

We are looking forward to the time when Oak Hill will be 
permanently on the map. We ask for your prayers. 

L. A. Myers. 

Warsaw, Indiana 

It has been some time since any report has come from the 
Warsaw Church, so I should like to make to our brotherhood 
a very belated report of the two weeks spent with the Hun- 
tington Church and of a few of the happenings in our local 

Huntington Revival 

A very enjoyable two weeks were spent with the good peo- 
ple of the Huntington Church. We found that the church 
was in readiness for a revival, that much prayer, visitation 
and planning had been already done. The church through 
many years has labored under serious handicaps. But it 


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seems that the Lord has had a hand in sending Brother Ober- 
holtzer to sen'e as their pastor. Not many pastors would be 
able to make the sacrifice that he has made to carry on this 
work. And the people seem to appreciate it for I find that 
they really love him and are rallying in a fine way under his 
prayerful leadership. The results of this meeting have al- 
ready has been reported and while not large we feel that the 
church and the community were blessed through these ef- 
forts and that much shall be heard of this work in the days 
to come. 

The church is not yet out of all her difficulties. The group 
there is not large; their members are not wealthy; the 
church is badly in need of redecoration but with a little more 
encouragement, the prayers of the brotherhood and perhaps 
a little more financial help I feel that it will go forward. I 
wish that more of our preachers and more of our laymen 
might be able to spend a little time in one of our Mission 
churches like the Huntington Church. I know that it would 
create a greater interest in Home Missions. I know that my 
visit with them has made me understand something of their 
problems and has made me more interested in that place. My 
home was with Brother Oberholtzer and our seasons of fel- 
lowship prayer will long be remembered. We visited in many 
homes of the members and in homes of non-members, and 
we were graciously received wherever we went. We made 
many new friends and shall cherish those friendships. We 
thank them for their fine hospitality and for the many kind- 
nesses shown us. May we all remember this church in our 


On September 1st, we began the fourth year of our work 
with the Warsaw people. We are enjoying our stay here 
more and more each year. There has been much to cause us 
to rejoice during these years. Nearly one hundred have been 
added to the church through baptism and letter. But during 
that same period forty-three have transferred membership 
and about thirty (and many very active ones) have been lost 
through death. This still leaves a small net gain and we are 
looking forward to an ingathering at our revival this spring, 
which is tentatively scheduled for around Easter. 

We had set aside the month of October as Rally Month 
with special services planned for each Sunday. Then came 
the call to help in the Huntington revival. We felt that our 
plans could carry on so accepted that invitation. We had a 
day of church visitation when every member was urged to 
visit others members and friends of the church. The church 
responded very well and many calls were made and we feel 
sure much good done. 

Our W. M. S. took over one Sunday morning service for 
their annual public program. Mrs. U. J. Shively was the 
speaker and the service was enjoyed by all. The choir from 
the Claypool Methodist Church gave a sacred concert on one 
Sunday evening. This was the second visit for that choir and 
their fellowship was enjoyed. 

Then came our Homecoming service on the last Sunday of 
the month. The attendance was very gratifying. The Jun- 
ior church had a special part in this service. Under the very 
competent leadership of Mrs. Frank Merkle, Mrs. Copeland 
and Mrs. Pontius the Junior church is a very real force in the 
work of the church. 

Another feature of this service was a memorial service for 
those who had passed away during the year. Two candela- 
bra, each holding seven candles stood on the platform. A 
vase with fern but no flowers was placed on a table before 
the pulpit. After a few fitting remarks by Mrs. George 
Pontius, who was in charge of this part of the program, and 
after the singing of an appropriate solo, the names of those 

departed were read by the secretary of the church, and with 
the reading of each name a candle was lighted and a flower 
placed in the vase. Thirteen names were read and as the 
fourteenth candle was lighted a statement was made that it 
was to be a memorial for those of other years for whom no 
such service had been held and for those friends of the 
church who had passed on but who did not have their mem- 
bership in the church. It was a very impressive service and 
was greatly appreciated by the families of those for whom 
the ser\'ice was held and who had been given a special invit- 
ation to attend the service. Brother W. I. Duker gave an in- 
teresting message following a musical program by Mr. and 
Mrs. Heinmiller, of Peru, at the afternoon service. 

On the last Thursday evening of the month our Fall Com- 
munion service was held and in the light of the extreme bad 
weather the attendance was far beyond our expectation. Mr. 
and Mrs. Condict Smith, newly ordained deacon and deacon- 
ess, assisted with this serv'ice. 

Our Prayer Meeting attendance has been very gratifying 
in the face of bad weather and considerable sickness. We 
had an attendance of thirty-five last Thursday evening. Our 
choir is rendering a very commendable service under the 
leadership of Mr. Vernon Miller. 

As we look to the future there are a number of things that 
are being planned. An intensive visitation program in the 
interest of our Revival now under way. A Gospel Team from 
our College will be with us on Sunday, February 2nd. A 
month of tithing with special tithing literature and instruc- 
tion is planned for the month of March. Another Sacred 
concert is planned for late February or early in March. So 
Warsaw is forging on. All the departments of the church 
are functioning smoothly. We feel that God's blessing is 
resting upon this work and we earnestly covet your prayers 
that we may be faithful servants in this part of His vine- 
yard. George C. Pontius, Pastor. 


On January 6th it was my privilege to go to Muncie and 
assist Brother George H. Jones in a three week's meeting, 
closing with the Communion service on Monday evening, 
Jan. 27th. This was an experience long to be remembered 
by the writer, because of the sweet spirit of fellowship and 
the loyal help of the members of the church. No complaint 
can be made because of the weather, but sickness was mani- 
fest on every hand. Several that the church had looked for- 
ward to for help were unable to attend a single service owing ij 
to sickness. In spite of all the draw backs the attendance 
was very good and an increased interest was noted until the 
close of the last service. 

It was a joy to the writer's heart to hear the many expres- 
sions of love and good will on the part of the membership 
toward their pastor. Personally I want to bear testimony to 
the good work of Brother Jones. I found the field well can- 
vased and plans laid for personal visitation of the unsaved 
by the members of the church. He, personally, was untiring 
in his endeavors to reach those outside the fold of Christ, 
both in personal visitation and through the use of the mail. 
Both pastor and people did everything within their power to 
make my stay pleasant among them. At the close of the 
meeting a very substantial offering was given as an expres- 
sion of their good will. 

Mrs. Johnson was able to be with me the closing week. She 
is slowly gaining strength and will long remember the many 
acts of kindness shown her. She joins with me in sincerest 
thanks to each one. May God continue to abundantly bless 
the Muncie Church and lead her on to higher heights of 
Christian experience is our sincere prayer. 

C. E. Johnson. 

Ashland College 
A S HLAifir, OHrn 

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Peter's Story 

He walked upon the water 
And He bade me come to Him : 
So I went with fear and trembling, 
For that day my sight was dim. 

As the angry waves approached me 
I was sinking in despair, 
And I cried, "0 Lord, I perish. . . 
For my life dost Thou not care?" 

Then He reached to me in mercy, 
Placed on mine His blessed hand, 
And together with the others 
Brought our boat safe to the land. 

ol. LXIII, No. 9 

March 1, 1941 

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WE WISH TO EXPRESS our appreciation to the many 
who have written in telling us that they like the new manner 
of presentation of the material found in The Evangelist. It 
is our wish to make the church paper one that will be read 
through and through. We hope to make even greater oppor- 
tunities for the various departments of the church work to be 
brought before the brotherhood. We believe that is what a 
church paper is for — to bring the activities of the church into 
bold relief before the membership. 

WORD COMES FROM Brother W. S. Benshoff that he 
was the guest speaker at the Annual Young People's Banquet 
of the First Brethren Church, of Waterloo, Iowa. Brother 
Benshoff is the son of Rev. W. C. Benshoff, pastor of the 
Waterloo Church. He reports the presence of between 50 
and 60 young people. 

THE MANAGING EDITOR has had the privilege of speak- 
ing at several churches in the past two weeks in behalf of 
the Publishing Interests of the church. On Sunday morn- 
ing, January 26th, he spoke at the services of the Canton 
Brethren Church, worshipping in the Y. M. C. A. building. 
This was a real privilege, for he pastored this flock for a 
period of nine years. That same evening he spoke at the 
Park Street Brethren Church at Ashland. On February 16th 
he was accorded the privilege of speaking at the morning 
service in the Smithville Brethren Church. We enjoy the 
fellowship thus accorded. 

WILL YOU READ CAREFULLY ? Because of the many 
times when the churches do not know exactly where to send 
their offerings, and because in a number of instances offer- 
ings for one Board have come in to another Board, we are 
calling your attention to the list at the bottom of this page 
which tells you where to send the various current offerings. 
Will you please preserve this and it will help you to know 
just where the various offerings are to be sent. 


Interesting Items 2 

The Dayton Decision— W. E. R 3 

Ministerial Carefulness in Money Matters — 

Rev. A, E. Whitted 4 

A Layman's Responsibility — W. R. Fellers 5 

The Mind of God in the Great Commission — Part 2 

Rev. Frank Gehman 7 

Brethren Church Camps — Rev. F. C, Vanator 9 

Minutes of the Layman's Sessions for 1940 10 

Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 11 

Our Children's Department 12 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) 13 

Among the Churches 14 

Publication Offering Report for New Building 15 


To Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 
General Secretaiy of The Missionary Board 
Ashland, Ohio 


To Dr. L. E. Lindower, 

Treasurer National Sunday School Assn., 

81.5 Grant Street, 

Ashland, Ohio 




To The Brethren PubUshing Company, 

Ashland, Ohio 

(For Superannuated Ministers and 

Brethren Home) 
To Rev. L. V. King, Tieasurer, 

Oakville, Indiana 





A decision in the Dayton case was announced by 

Common Pleas Judge Cecil under date of Monday, 

February 17th. The judge upheld the right of a 

simple majority in a congregationally governed 

, church to determine or change non-doctrinal church 

j policies. This decision in fact would make each lo- 

\ cal congregation a miniature denomination. It, if 

' upheld, would destroy all denominational unity. This 

! would lead to anarchy in church government. The 

j interesting point is that ANY LOCAL CHURCH IN 

' THE SO-CALLED GRACE GROUP could immedi- 

. ately declare its independence. If this decision is 

i upheld, be assured Brethren that such a thing will 

come to pass. Such is the irony in the situation. 

Suspends Decision 

The decision of the Common Pleas court was re- 
ijected by the loyal Dayton group. The lower court 
had certain aspects that were not satisfactory to our 
group. There was a strong feeling that a different 
decision could be obtained in a Court of Appeals, 
where three non-resident Judges would sit in judg- 
ment, in place of the one local man. 
j This is only the first round in the battle, and our 
i loyal group is prepared to fight on. We are willing 
I to await the verdict of the higher courts, and trust 
the final outcome to the Lord. 

We Are A Denomination 

We are a denomination, a definite unit so welded 
together that a temporary reverse will not upset us. 
Of this fact, we have an abundance of evidence. 
Where is a new loyalty, a spirit of unity, a spirit of 
cooperation, and a spirit of devotion such as the 
writer has not known in other days. May these 
days of trial draw up closer to the Lord. 

Our Offerings 

All of the special offerings for this year have 
been and are coming in in splendid fashion. The 
Home Mission Offerings were around thirty six 
Ihundred dollars in December, more than thirty sev- 
|en hundred dollars in January, and while the totals 
have not been released for February, I know that 
the total for last week alone was sixteen hundred 
dollars, and they are still arriving. The preliminary 
report of the National Sunday School Association 

shows more than two thousand dollars already in. 
Another report of the Publishing House Offering 
appears in this issue with a total reported of more 
than thirty two hundred dollars, and we have some 
splendid gifts for the next week's paper. 

Our New Building 

We have been more than pleased with the wide in- 
terest manifest in our new building. This will house 
our Mission Board and other special Boards as well 
as the Publishing interests. It will be a great aid 
in making for unity and economy in the handling of 
the church funds. 

We have received many inquiries as to when we 
expect to start building, and the answer is just as 
soon as weather conditions permit the laying of the 
foundation. We are anxious to start soon and to 
move in before National Conference, at which time 
we hope to formally dedicate the building. 

May I repeat that we are delighted with the splen- 
did offering for this building, and I am quite confi- 
dent that the total amount will be well beyond the 
four thousand for which we asked. I believe that 
there are Brethren, who could make some quite 
large gifts for this purpose. The paying off of the 
entire indebtness on the building is not beyond a 
possibility. This would leave our resources free for 
more aggressive missionary and educational tasks. 
Let each of us do our very best. W. E. R. 

JEHOVAH is merciful 
and gracious, 
Slow to anger, and abundant 

in lovingkindness. 
He will not always chide; 
Neither will he keep his 

anger for ever. 
He hath not dealt with us 

aflet our sins; 
Nor rewarded us after our 

-Pi. 103:8-10. 

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Ministerial Carefulness 

In Jftone^ Jlilatters 

Rev. A. E. Whitted 

THE average salary of the minister of the Gos- 
pel is not large. This being the case the task 
of taking that small amount of money and 
living in a manner befitting his high calling is a 
gigantic one. He must establish his home in the 
proper fashion. He must rear correctly his child- 
ren and educate them. He must endeavor to keep 
his study supplied with the best books and maga- 
zines. With all these he must fix his eye somewhat 
on the future sufficiently to prepare himself for re- 
tirement. A gigantic task. Surely one that could 
well stagger and bewilder one of less faith and man- 
ly courage. This task will require every ounce of 
his business ability mixed with a goodly portion of 
Godly persistence and patience. 

It is all too true that this sacred calling has been 
dragged in the mud and slime of public ridicule be- 
cause of the failure of many in its ranks to handle 
consistently the many financial problems which 
must be met. On the other hand the calling has 
been glorified by the many who have been able, be- 
cause of their wisdom and foresight, to meet these 
problems and conquer them. To be able to be num- 
bered with this last class it will take careful plan- 
ning and keen insight. I believe that our Father 
who has called us will give us wisdom in these fin- 
ancial matters as well as in those pertaining more 
directly to the cause we represent. The handling 
well of his finances links itself very definitely to the 
other fields of his endeavor and the strength of this 
link will have a great deal to do in determining his 
success or failure. 

The minister must establish his home. Here is 
his first responsibility. He is usually given the 
house to shelter his family. How that dwelling is to 
be set-up, furnished and kept up must be determin- 
ed. Surely he will be wise enough not to burden his 
mind and weaken his influence in the communitv 

where he serves by going beyond his financial power 
to make of that house a palace, rather than a home. 
If he does not show wisdom here he will weaken 
rather than strengthen the fibers that are used to 
make of that dwelling a happy abode for God's serv- 
ants. From my youth I have admired beautiful 
things, furnishings, flowers, and the whole list of 
things which we use to make our homes attractive. 
I have had sufficient of these things, but not always 
to my liking. For instance, cut flowers are beauti- 
ful on the dining table, but not so beautiful that 
their presence should besmirk the character or 
weaken the influence of the one who has been re- 
sponsible for placing them there. Perhaps any num- 
ber of ministers could solve this difficulty by plant- 
ing a flower garden in his back yard. This would 
supply the table with cut-flowers in season and also 
add to the physical fitness of the man who spends a 
few moments of the day digging in the soil and asso- 
ciating himself with God's great out of doors. 

It is also necessary that the minister's dining 
table be laid with more substantial things than 
flowers some three times a day. How can this prob- 
lem of furnishing that table with the rightly bal- 
anced supply of food be met? This is not always 
the easiest thing to do, but again with the guidance 
of God we can find a way. Our wise and gracious 
God will not cause his own to go begging for bread. 
In this, as in every obligation, there must be good 
judgment and wisdom exercised. Here, as in other 
things, the cheapest is not necessarily the best buy. 
The health of your family must be considered in this i 
particular part of your budget. Here the same as 
when we considered the beauty of this same table a 
garden might come in as a handy ?sset. This time, 
liowever, it will be a garden of vegetables. Such a 
garden saves many trips to the grocery. Again let 
me advise the wisdom of sound judgment. 

If there are children in the home the matter of 
their education will call for consideration. Here 
again, if you are not careful in your finances, much 
concern and anxiety will be in store for you. I have 
found from experience that a very wise plan is tc 
write an endowment policy on each child when thev' 
are but babies and as they grow to manhood and wo- 
menhood you will be, year by year, laying aside foi 
their education. Not many preachers families coulc 

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wait until perhaps two of the children from the 
home were ready to enter an institution of higher 
education and then in one lump payment meet the 
required amount of money to keep them in this 
institution, even for one year. This arrangement 
will have a satisfying, securing effect on the whole 
household. The children will grow up with but one 
desire, one ambition, that of a thorough and com- 
plete education. The parents, with a heavy load 
lifted from their minds, will be free to do the work 
their calling requires, freely and efficiently. There 
may be other and even better methods than the one 
I have suggested, but by all means arrange system- 
atically this most important item in your family 

Another thing to be looked into, with a pi'actical 
eye, is the matter of the stranger who rings the min- 
iser's doorbell and presents himself suddenly broke 
and in desperate need, or with a line on some so- 
called worthy securities, oil stocks, citrus groves, 
etc. Yes, you undoubtedly know the entire list. 
How numberless are the ministers who have in one 
way or another been swindled out of large sums of 
money, and often money that was sorely needed in 
other and more worthy places. Beware of such call- 
ers and by all means look deeply and well into the 
proposed interests presented. The minister is often 
too easy and because of his lack of experience, and, 
being easily affected by sentiment, often yields all 
too readily to these high-powered sales talks. In 
your own interests and the interest of your family 
steel yourself against such disaster. Be wise as well 
as generous. 

There are also those who come to the minister's 
door wanting a lift, or as Dr. Robert Cashman would 
say, "A temporary loan". Only last winter a man 
called at my door one stormy day, he and a part of 
his family, so he said, destitute, out of gas, and 
hungry. It was imperative that they get back to St. 
Louis, Mo. We did give them a warm meal and in 
the meantime I got in touch with the proper author- 
ities and they were helped on their way. They were 
all very profuse in their thanks and promised to 
write us of their arrival in St. Louis. Perhaps they 
never arrived. We never received word. We never 
regretted what food they ate, but I could not see my 
way clear in advancing money for their entire jour- 
ney. In any or all of these circumstances I would 
urge a careful investigation before giving help, es- 
pecially the writing of checks or handing out gi'een- 
backs. It might be, if more investigating were done, 
there would be fewer bell-ringers of this nature. 

I have only made a few suggestions as to the care- 
fulness in the matter of financial problem in the 
minister's family. There is of course the burden of 
the finances of his church which will call for a share 
of his efforts. However I am convinced that if he 
is master of the money situation in his own house- 
hold he will also be a wise counsel in like matters in 
the church he serves. He will teach by precept that 
giving and the distribution of the gift is a vital part 
of real worship. "Pay as you go" is a very good 
slogan for both home and church. 

Gratis, Ohio. 

A Layman s Responsibility 

W. R. Fellers 

MUCH time could be spent in discussing this 
very timely subject, but due to limited 
space it is only possible to touch on a few 
of the layman's responsibilities. One of the sad con- 
aitions of the church today is its lack of men. This 
alone should offer a challenge to us as laymen. 

We are in great need of men to work in the church. 
When Jesus chose men to carry on His work He 
picked men whom he could trust to spread His won- 
derful message. Jesus knew how to interest these 
men in His work. He made the work intensely in- 
teresting, so much so that His disciples became 
?reat evangelists and preachers. 

Large corporations of today spend large sums of 
money on research work. They are interested in 
increased sales by creating new improvements, low- 

er costs of manufacture and new products. It is 
possible to do the same thing in the church without 
much cost. The Layman's Organization could be 
likened to the research work of a corporation. Our 
work is to find out where we as the human element 
of the church have failed. Finding this, then, we 
can make the necessary changes without being con- 
trary to God's will. It is our duty as layman to in- 
tei'est other men in Christ's church. 

We have a National Layman's Organization that 
has a group of capable officers. It is time we give 
these men our whole-hearted support through our 
local organizations. There is a distinct need of a 
Layman's group in every church, those who are will- 
ing to support the work. When this is accompUshed, 

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results are bound to be our reward. If we have wide 
awake local organizations doing things for the 
church it will attract men who like action. A Lay- 
man's Organization can be known throughout a 
community if it is doing things that are of Christian 
interest. This sort of publicity would do the church- 
es much good. We need to proclaim our work more. 

Whenever a father is found in the church it is us- 
ually possible to find his entire family a working 
part of the church. When the father is Christian 
and his sympathy is for the church, we find the rest 
of the family usually continues to work with and for 
the church. They become in turn the future leaders 
of the church. It is with the fathers of families we 
must put greater emphasis in order to conserve our 
men for our churches. This more than any one 
thing will break down the indifference of the fam- 
ily. It will bind the entire family to Jesus Christ 
our Lord and Master and His church. 

Another problem is the loss of our boys to the 
church between the ages twelve to fifteen. Why is 
it boys of this age group lose interest in the church ? 
They then develop interests outside the church. Can 
we say, laymen, that we do not understand a boy's 
psychology ? This is a problem that should be , close 
to the heart of every church man. We know this 
condition exists and it needs to be remedied. Men, 
are we equal to the task? 

What can we do to keep these boys interested in 
the work of the church? Christian Endeavor and 
Church Schools offer partial solutions. Summer 
camps have been able to reach only a small percent- 
age of our boys and not many of our churches have 
Boy Scout troops. There has been some talk of hav- 
ing an organization for boys, but nothing much has 
ever been done along this line. 

There is a way we can help if enough men become 
interested. Boys are always interested in making 
model airplanes, model railroad equipment, bird 
houses, gadgets for the home, and last, but not least, 
they are interested in competitive sports. If these 
boys could feel they are useful to and a definite part 
of the church the problem is almost solved. Let's 
get interested in the things boys have to do and 
through this means teach them of the things of 
Christ. It is here men are able to form closer con- 
tacts with boys and learn their various problems. 

The women in the church have done a splendid 
job of interesting the girls through the Woman's 
Missionary Society and the Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha. This should be a challenge to men to do the 
same thing for our boys. It takes men who under- 
stand boys and can reach them. Laymen, this 
would not be hard to do if we can only get it start- 
ed. The time is at hand when we must stop talking 
and start to pray and work on this problem. A prob- 
lem of this type will stir up spontaneous enthusiasm, 
but let's translate enhusiasm into action. 

We, who are privileged to live in the United 
States of America are proud of our democratic form 
of government. It gives men hopes that their sons 
might become great leaders within our nation and 
reach the high places offered. We should also be 
proud of our church and its various organizations. 
We have our own Ashland College where our young 
men are trained in the Christian way of life. It is 
our duty to support the college and to help our boys 
to receive the best in Christian education. We 
should help our future ministers with our prayers, 
encouragement and our substance. 

Men are not only called to the ministry but lay- 
men are called and should be ready for service. Je- 
sus said, Mk. 8:36, "For what shall it profit a man if 
he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own 
soul?" He has lost that which is precious in God's 
sight. We are our brother's keeper and we are held 
responsible if we do not send forth the great mes- 
sage of salvation through Jesus Christ. Men may 
either accept or reject Christ, but if we have done 
our part, then if He is rejected no blame can be our 
portion. Let's go forth and show men there is a 
reality in serving the living God. 

Another problem that is not pressing us as yet 
but very soon it will need our attention. Young men 
are being called to the colors rapidly. They must be 
given encouragement to serve our Lord. There will 
be those who will return disallusioned from the serv- 
ice. Let us present them to Christ who can solve 
every problem. If through the grace of the Holy 
Spirit they trust in Jesus Christ, they will find in 
Him an Elder Brother and one in whom they can 
place their trust. No matter what may come. Lay- 
men, let us be up and doing while it is yet called to- 
day. Fremont, Ohio 


Teach us Thy will today, 
Strong Captain and Friend; 
Give us hearts of gladness to follow that will. 
Hearts ever radiant with youth and with vigor, 
That, weak though we be, 

We may count for Thee in Thy fight for the life 
of mankind. 

Save us from all self-serving. 
From restless desires, from sloth. 
Hold us near to Thy side. 
And keep us in use, in strenuous use. 
For Thy Kingdom, O Christ, Amen. 


March 1, 1941 

The Mind of God in the Great Commission 

Rev. Frank Gehman 

Part 2 

Gro Afar 

"All authority is given unto me. . .go. . .therefore, 
and make disciples," recruits to the body of Christ, 
and we are to go after them to the far reaches of the 
earth; disciples of our Lord, and vie are to present 
Him to them. Tliese words, we must remember, 
came from our crucified and risen Lord. The body 
is to be builded from the fruitage of that Crucifix- 
ion-Resurrection message. It is the will of God that 
we preach this Christ. "For I determined not to 
know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and 
Him crucified," (I Cor. 2:2). The mind of God as 
revealed in the Great Commission gives to Christ 
the preeminence and to our ministry point and pur- 

Moreover, it defines its scope. "Of the nations" 
includes all, leaves out none. Certainly this chal- 
lenges the missionary spirit. Vast, sweeping, limit- 
ed only to the extremities of the nations, to the 
fringes of the earth, the universal nature of the sal- 
vation message is nowhere better pictured. To all 
men everywhere the faithful must go in obedience 
to this command, preaching Christ and Him cruci- 
fied. Any message less than this, any scope less 
than this falls short of the purpose of God. 

j "Repent, and Be Baptized" 

This commission further reveals a purpose in the 
mind of God to preserve the truth of our Saviour's 
Person and ministry both in symbol and in word, 
rhe making of disciples is to be accompanied by the 
Daptizing of them "into the name of the Father and 
5f the Son and of the Holy Spirit." It is not the ob- 
iect of this treatise to discuss either the form or the 
5piritual significance of baptism, though to avoid 
;ouching briefly on them may be impossible. The 
jreat Commission is readily accepted as being to 
;he church, there was scarcely any other group or 

institution to whom it could be directed. It sets 
forth the world-wide mission and character of the 
church. Why should an act of outward form and 
performance find a place in so important a charter? 
We may logically assume that Christ, who makes 
no mistakes, included baptism because it is of ser- 
ious importance to the whole mission. 

The discipling of the nations is to be accompanied 
by the baptising of them. If we are commanded to 
disciple them, then we are as certainly commanded 
to baptize them. Hence it is not strange to find the 
Apostles a short time later preaching to men to "re- 
pent, and be baptized". Baptism, by virtue of this 
command, becomes a needful adjunct to salvation. 
We cannot believe that God's workings are limited 
to or by a physical act, but we can easily believe 
that if God in His sovereign will has commanded an 
act as baptism it becomes necessary for believing 
men to obey whenever it is within their power to do 
so. After all, if one is not willing to accede to God 
the right of Soverignity in the act of baptism, just 
how much a disciple has such an one become any- 

Men live by landmarks and by lines of demarka- 
tion. Being discipled marks a distinct change in 
life for men, presents them in a new status, makes 
them followers of our Lord and covenanters with 
Him. The sign of the old covenant was circumci- 
sion. The sign of the New is baptism. In an act of 
the deepest spiritual significance we seal our confes- 
sion of Faith with baptism. It symbolizes not only 
the death of all that is old, but the life of all that is 
new. This service ably depicts the transformation 
wrought by Faith. It is an outward picture of in- 
ward realities, and men need the outward so many 
times in spiritual experiences to clinch the inward. 

Our Lord has said that except we become as little 


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children we cannot enter the Kingdom. We deem 
it His Kingly right at this crucial moment to test 
men's yieldedness to His Will by enjoining obedience 
in baptism. Naaman, when bidden to dip himself 
seven times in the Jordan, without even having been 
received into the presence of the prophet, was wroth. 
The Scripture tells us that "he turned and went 
away in a rage". But the servant was wiser that 
day than the master, and boldly asked, "If the 
prophet had bid thee do. some great thing, wouldst 
thou not have done it?" 2 K. 5:13. And Naaman 
recovered himself and went and dipped and was 
made clean. I am not comparing his dipping to bap- 
tism, but am pointing out how inuch depended that 
day upon his literal obedience. Thus baptism ap- 
pears, as well, a mark of child-like trust in the re- 
vealed will of God, the mark of one who has truly 
become a disciple. 

Teach New Disciples 

Another provision for the presei-vation of trutli 
is apparent in the mind of our Lord in His instruc- 
tion to His followers to. teach these newly made dis- 
ciples "whatsoever things I commanded you." Mis- 
sionizing truth is followed by symbolic truth and by 
practical truth. Once saved and given the seal of 
the Covenant they are to be taught in those things 
commanded of the Lord. They are not to be left to 
an uncertain fate at the hands of worldlings, but are 
to be taught in the things of the Lord. We have the 
content of that teaching in the Gospel narratives. 
We have a further illumination of it in the Epistles. 
With the possible exception of Paul, every New 
Testament writer knew our Lord during His earth- 
ly ministry and Paul explicitly tells us that he had 
a special revelation from Jesus Christ of that which 
he wrote. Were not the old Brethren right, then, 
in championing the unity of the New Testament? 
We agree that the Scriptures recognize three class- 
es of people, Jews, Gentiles and Christians. We be- 
lieve that the New Testament is the New Covenant 
sealed in Christ's Blood and that as such it is for 
Christians. Where it makes references to other 
classes it does so for the Christian's edification. 
When our Lord spoke these words the New Testa- 
ment was not yet in writing, BUT HIS EARTHLY 
MINISTRY WAS AT AN END! Again let us note: 
"Teacliing them to observe all things whatsoever I 
commanded you." Our Brethren forebears accept- 
ed this Hterally. They apparently found no serious 
conflict between Gospel and Epistles. Or else in 
their simple approach to the truth they did not en- 
deavor to establish an exact and exacting theologi- 
cal formula. That they succeeded admirably in pro- 
ducing fruits of grace in the lives of their members 
no informed person can doubt. And happy was that 
combination of child-like faith and fruitful grace. 

"Observe All Things" 

Was it the Mind of God to confine the "all things" 
to the post-resurrection sayings of our Lord? Or 
do the "all things" embrace the whole of His say- 
ings? Inasmuch as we find almost no teachings be- 
longing to the post-resurrection pre-ascension per- 
iod, these words must be inclusive of all His sayings. 
Nor is it any serious stretch of the imagination to 
believe that He meant to include he Epistlary writ- 
ings which came from under His hand and which 
illuminate in doctrinal form what He taught and 
commanded as precepts and principles. The old 
Brethren concept of the New Testament as a whole 
and a unit must, therefore, be essentially correct and 
we do well to hold it fast. It is sometimes said that 
the Bible is a book of seeming paradoxes. (Note 
that I said "seeming" paradoxes). Would it not be 
better to await the solution of some of these appar- 
ent paradoxes than to destroy the unity of the Scrip- 
tures in premature and sometimes immature at- 
tempts to explain some things that may, after all, be 
beyond our human ken even when we have the Bi- 
ble to go by? Theological exactitude could some- 
times be advantageously exchanged for a literal ap- 
proach to Scriptural truth maintained in the spirit 
of our Lord and Christ. It must have been in the 
mind of Christ in this commission to present His 
teachings as a unified body. 'Teaching them to ob- 
serve all things whatsoever I commanded you." 
Unity of Timth and Believers 

This unity which He clearly wished to preserve 
for the body of truth is a unity He plainly desired to 
see in the Body of Believers. "Holy Father, keep 
them in thy name which thou hast given me, that ' 
they may be one, even as we are one," John 17:11. i 
"Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also ; 
that believe on me through their word ; that they » 
may all be one ; even as thou, Father, art in me, and 
I in thee, that they also may be in us," John 17:20- 
21. "And the glory which thou hast given me I have 
given unto them; that they may be one, even as wci 
are one, I in them, and thou in me, that they may be 
perfected into one," John 17:22-23. The inclusive- 
ness of the commission to all Christians and the mu- 
tual nature of the universal task bespeak the 
thought of this living unity in spiritual things. Are- 
we missing this element of the Great Commission? 
Unity in the body of truth calls for unity in tlie 
Body of Believers. Christ's prayer was for unit\ 
but, reversing the former statement, unity in the 
Body of Believers demands unity in the body oi 

"Love One Another" 

One thing more I would like to say about th( 
"whatsoever things". There seems to be no mora 
principle or ethical precept in the teachings of Chris 
that is not found in the Old Testament. But hov 
strangely different they appear in New Testamen 

March 1, 1941 

light. And the hght is from the Person of our Cru- 
cified and Risen Lord. His Atoning Work complet- 
ed, He stands forth in the golden mellow glow of His 
glory, lighting all things He commanded us. Then 
comes more clearly the sense that He did leave us a 
New Commandment — yea, verily — that we love one 
another. A great task is committed to His follow- 
ers and the human incentive is love. How burden- 
some and fruitless is Christian work without love ! 
"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I 
commanded you" — and He commanded us to love 
one another. Sincerely now, have we either prac- 
ticed or taught it? If we have not, is it too much to 
say, then, that we have missed the Mind of God in at 
least a part of the Great Commission? "We know 

that we have passed out of death into life, because 
we love the Brethren," I John 3:14. What is the 
testimony in our own hearts? Have we this evi- 
dence of hfe? 

In conclusion, inay I say again — this time in 
slightly different words — what I said before :■ The 
Mind of God in the Great Commission commits itself 
to keeping alive and extending Truth, both in word 
and symbol, through Spirit-filled human agency and 
ministry authenticated by Christian Graces and Vir- 
tues, and divinely authorized over all the world and 
amongst all nations. Or, to say it in less involved 
manner, it is committed to the saving of souls 
through the active and living testimony of regener- 
ated men and women. 





The National Sunday School Association 
oi the Brethren Church 



General Secretary 

Rev, F. C. Vanator 

Some few weeks ago Prof. M. A. Stuckey asked 
the writer to review the book, "Training for Service 
in Brethren Church Camps," by Rev. Vernon D. 
Grisso. The book is only in manuscript form, but the 
National Sunday School Association hopes to put it 
in print for a wider distribution among the leaders 
and those vitally interested in Young People's Camp 

Brother Grisso made this matter of Camp Life a 
subject of deep study and has given a very concise 
and, at the same time, a most excellent review of the 
work that is being done in the Training Camps over 
the brotherhood through the efforts of the National 
Sunday School Association. 

It is well divided into five chapters, — Chapter 
One dealing with the origin and history of the camp 
movement. The course of the history is traced 
through the various avenues of interdenominational 
church camps, Scout camps, Vacation Bible schools, 
'Leadership Training schools,. . .until it is climaxed 
by the emphasis that is now being placed on the def- 
inite young people's training camps. 
' Chapter Two leads us into the understanding of 
'the purposes, goals, preparation and financing. The 
Ichapter begins with a call to learn the lesson of liv- 
ing with others. That is a lesson that most young 
people need to leam. The purpose of camp life is not 
■nierely to entertain the camper. It is to bring out 
|the very best within him and send him back into his 
Ichurch and community with a better understanding 
jOf his relation to his Master and to his fellowman. 
The camper is trained for "real service." 

Considering the results and the compensation en- 

volved, Brother Grisso very pointedly calls attention 
to the reasonableness of the cost of a camp to the 

Chapter Three deals with camp leadership. He 
calls attention to the fact that camp life requires a 
certain amount of sacrifice on the part of the adult 
and the older young people who are called upon to 
perform these duties. It is truly a "labor of love." 

Attention is called to the necessity of a Christian 
personality, coupled with a certain amount of train- 
ing and experience. For, after all, there is a definite 
relationsliip that develops between leader and stu- 
dent. Supervision of the camp comes under the di- 
rection of the Camp Dean, to whom the faculty is 
directly responsible. Great care is taken that su- 
pervision is given to every activity. 

Chapter Four brings us the Camp Program. It 
follows a day through the camp. It gives a vivid 
picture of the camp activity. The writer of this re- 
view has been present through many camps and the 
picture drawn by Brother Grisso brings up a mental 
review of the many experiences that have been a 
part of camp life. It takes us from the opening reg- 
istration through the daily activity and on into the 
closing days. Interesting reading, to be sure. 

Chapter Five, "New Roads to Service," carries us 
over three miles of the highway to successful camp 
hfe. First mile: "Camp inspiration"; second inile: 
"Camp inspiration in the church"; third mile: 
"Camp inspiration through the year." 

These "miles of service" grow more established 
each year. The testimony of the students and par- 
ticipating churches is that they are more and more 
learning the value of the training that comes from 


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Minutes of the 1940 Layman's Sessions 

Tuesday, August 27, Little Theatre, Ashland College, Ash- 
land, Ohio, 32 present. 

The first session of the Laymen was opened at 8:15 with 
President R. R. Haun presiding. The song, "To the Work", 
was sung with Brother Reed Thompson leading. This was 
followed by singing "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "Bright- 
ly Beams Our Father's Mercy". 

Brother C. A. ShoUy read Ephesians 3 for the morning de- 
votions and led in prayer. 

The secretary's report of last year's meetings was read 
and approved. 

Brother George Kem, treasurer, gave a detailed report 
showing a balance at the beginning of the year of $543.93; 
receipts during the year, .$660.26, making a total of $1204.19. 
Disbursements during the year amounted to $209.19, leaving 
a balance on hand of $995.00. 

Brother Kem was commended for his splendid work in col- 
lecting monies on delinquent student aid loans, there being 
but three such notes now out-standing. His report was ac- 
cepted and a vote of thanks and appreciation tendered him. 

Dr. Haun called for nominations for the nominating com- 
mittee. The following were nominated: Brethren N. G. Kim- 
mel, C. A. Sholly, John Eck, H. W. Good, H. L. Berkshire. 

It was moved and seconded that we waive the constitu- 
tional provision of three members and elect the above five 
men by acclamation. Motion carried. 

The session closed with prayer by the secretary. 

Tuesday 3 P. M. 

Song service was led by Brother Reed Thompson. Scrip- 
ture, Heb. 13, was read by Brother John Eck, and the thought 
of "Love" emphasized. Brother Eck then led in prayer. 

Dr. Haun announced that future meetings would be held 
in the chapel. He then carefully reviewed the accomplish- 
ments of the past year, referring to the goals adopted at last 
year's meeting. He encouraged the men to continue to serve 
their various churches in the best possible manner. Several 
of the goals of the year were reached in full while others 
were only partly attained. Dr. Haun urged a closer associa- 
tion and fellowship of the various groups. He expressed 
again the need of key men in each church with whom cor- 
respondence might be carried on. He recommended that a 
field man be secured to contact the men of the brotherhood 
and assist them in organizing local laymen groups and urg- 
ing them to affiliate with the national organization. 

Brother John Eck was called upon and he spoke of the 
necessity of selling the church, the Sunday School, and our 
various organizations to our community. He mentioned the 
value of advertising our church with suitable signs, and ex- 
pressed the need of our men holding the positions of leader- 
ship and authority in their church. 

Dr. Haun recommended the continuation of our publica- 
tion work with Dr. Puterbaugh in charge. Dr. Puterbaugh 
was then called upon to speak on the work. He asked that 
men send in reports of their activities and articles for pub- 
lication and that we aim to use a page in The Evangelist at 
least once a month. He suggested a Layman's Handbook 
containing full information regarding organization and du- 
ties of laymen. 

The meeting closed with prayer by Brother Kimmel. 
Wednesday morning, 38 present 

Song number 239 was sung with Brother Thompson leading 
and Brother St. Claire Benshoff at the piano. 

Brother C. A. Garland, of Pittsburg, read the Scripture 
and led in prayer. 

Dr. Haun made some important announcements for the 
work of the week, calling special attention to a tour of the 
Garber Printing Co. plant this afternoon, the Laymen ban- 
quet Friday noon, followed with a tour through the College 
halls and The Brethren Publishing Company. 

Dr. Jacobs was then introduced as the speaker of the hour. 
He spoke of the rise of the layman movement in the church- 
es, emphasizing the fact that originally the men merely fin- 
anced the work of the church, but had little else where they 
assumed leadership and responsibility. Gradually the lay- 
men have taken their place and now hold the balance of 
power in the church. By their vote they can control every 
action of the church and are not necessarily dictated to by 
the clergy. Dr. Jacobs emphasized the responsibility that 
thus rests upon the men, and urged that they be trained and 
prepared for the leadership they have now assumed. 

Dr. Jacobs' paper was well prepared and was greatly ap- 
preciated. The meeting closed with prayer by Brother Wil- 

Wednesday P. M. 

No regular session, but approximately 50 men enjoyed the 
tour through the Garber Printing plant. 

Thursday A. M. 54 present 

Songs "Child of a King" and "All the Way My Savior 
Leads Me" were led by Brother Thompson. The devotions 
were led by Brother Bryce Puterbaugh, of Lanark. "O Mas- 
ter Let Me Walk With Thee" was then sung. 

Dr. C. L. Anspach was introduced as the speaker. He gave 
a most interesting talk centering around these three major 
thoughts: 1. We are living in a great age, but have a petty 
race of men. 2. During the past 300 years nothing has been 
written on improvement of man as man. 3. The light that 
has failed — the church. 

Among other things he said that much remarkable im- 
provement has been made during the past ten years in 
science, medicine and invention; but the petty race of men 
has failed to improve correspondingly. 

Men are care-takers of the light — the church. The church 
has not failed only in proportion as men have failed the 
church. We are narrow in our attitudes towards our Chris- 
tian tasks, among them social reforms. The task of the 
church is chiefly to instruct men how to live here and to live 
hereafter. The church has failed because we are cheap. We 
fail to put money into the work of the church as we do into 
secular business or into an automobile. Men need to put in- 
to the work of the church the same zeal that is used in other 
lines of endeavor. 

Dr. Anspach's talk was greatly appreciated. 

The closing prayer was by Brother Berkshire. 

Thursday P. M. no session. 

Friday A. M. 35 present 

The meeting opened by singing "To the Work" and "We've 
a Story to Tell to the Nations" led by Brother Thompson. 

Dr. Beachler appeared as a representative of the Minister- 
ial Association to propose to our laymen that next year we 
send them a speaker to present the laymen's view-point on 
the work of ministers and layman; and they send us a speak- 
er to talk along the same theme. 

A motion to accept their proposition passed unanimously. 

The tellers then reported the election of the following of- 
ficers: President, Dr. R. R. Haun; Vice-President, Reed 
Thompson; Secretary, A. G. Carpenter; Assistant Secretary, 
Chas. Gill; Treasurer, Geo. Kem; Trustees, U. J. Shively and 
H. W. Good. 

The devotions were led by Dr. Haun with responsive read- 
ing, followed with sentence prayers. 

(To be continued) 

February 15, 1941 


Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 


Topic for March 16, 1941 
Scripture Lesson: John 14:15-17; 16:13, 14; 
Romans 8:14-17 
For the Leader 
Although the Holy Spirit did not come into full revelation 
as we know Him until the Day of Pentecost, it was present 
in all the activities of the God-Head. The Holy Spirit was 
present at the creation. Other references in the Old Testa- 
ment make mention of the Spirit of God. 

The Holy Spirit is present in the world today and is the 
one influence for good which is holding back the full revela- 
tion of the Evil One. When Christ ascended into heaven the 
disciples awaited the promised Spirit. He came and indwelt 
their hearts. He empowered them to be influential and ef- 
fective in their teaching of the Gospel of Christ. 

When an individual confesses Christ, accepts Him as Sav- 
ior, and is baptized, the Spirit comes into that heart. It is 
the communion of the Holy Spirit which enables us to keep 
our contact with God, our Heavenly Father. 
WHO LIVES IN OUR HEART? We have just so much 
room inside our heart. We can will as to who is to occupy 
that room. A desire for worldly things and no confession of 
Christ means that Satan is our tenant. When our heart is 
given to Christ, the Holy Spirit, by our invitation, comes in 
and lives there. Satan must leave. In actual practice it is 
not quite as easy as that. We are willing enough for Christ 
to save us and assure us of eternal blessings to come, but 
we then have a tendency to reserve a part of our heart for 
i our own selfish pleasures. 

I Christ does not ask for part of our life, nor "nearly all of 
I it". He asks for our whole life and soul. It would be hard 
I to drive an automobile if one of the wheels was bent so that 
j the wheel continually headed towards the ditch. The whole 
■ car would suffer. It is harder yet to "steer" a sincere, ef- 
fective Christian life, if part of our life leads in the wrong 
direction. Our life, our work, and service will suffer. 

THE INDWELLING SPIRIT. According to the plan and 
program of God it was necessary for Christ to return to 
; heaven and that the third Person of the God-head should 
come to earth. Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy 
Spirit would come and dwell in their hearts. Many people 
have a badly mistaken conception of the coming of the Spir- 
it into their hearts. They feel it must be to the accompani- 
ment of much shouting and emotional display. None of us 
want to be guilty of this belief. THE PERSONALITY OF 

The Spirit enters our heart when we receive salvation. We 
are then the temples of the Holy Spirit. It grieves the Spir- 
it when Christian young people (and older ones, too) conduct 
the Spirit dwells with us for the purpose of helping us meet 
• temptations, be more active in the service of Christ, and to 
I provide that channel of communion between a saved sinner 
and his God. Our lives must be in keeping with the Holy 
Personality which lives within us. 

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The major task of 
the Spirit is to convict men of their sin. When they are un- 

der conviction, we Christian people are to speak to them. By 
the conviction of the Holy Spirit, plus the message of Christ 
from the Christian, the lost soul is led to an understanding 
of Christ as the Savior of mankind. No Christian ever saved 
a soul. We may be instruments used to tell a soul of Christ, 
but we of ourselves have no power to save. 

The success and effectiveness of an evangelistic campaign 
cannot be measured by the number of "souls saved". A 
church may employ the best evangelist in the nation, have 
the best singers and music, have big crowds, lift large offer- 
ings, and still see no new converts. Why? Because souls 
are not saved that way. God has never altered His way of 
salvation. To see souls brought to Christ in our church we 
must get on our knees and pray to God for His Spirit to 
work in the hearts of men. All the members of the church 
must pray. We must seek to lead the unsaved to Christ. The 
church can have a revival any time its members are willing 
to pay the price in prayer and work. An evangelist or a 
pastor can not make a revival. It takes all of us, under the 
direction of the Holy Spirit, to bring a Victory Revival. 

vances under the Spirit's power. Where we find men mak- 
ing programs of church work without thought of the Spirit's 
direction, that program will fail. 

The Spirit is able to make us more powerful in our Christ 
life. As He dwells within us, he is near at hand at all times 
to help us. We should live with the thought in mind that 
HE is within us. 

It is through the silent but effective workings and com- 
munion of the Holy Spirit that we are able to learn of the 
Love of God, and of the Grace of our Christ. We young peo- 
ple will do well to give more heed to this great Personality 
which dwells in our very heart tonight. 

BY THE WAY! What special work or programs are you 
conducting this winter in your local C. E. Societies? It is a 
good time now for your Secretary to write a newsy letter to 
our News Editor, Miss Dorothy Carpenter, Route 3, South 
Bend, Indiana. Tell about the size of your group, new mem- 
bers, use of programs, projects, etc. Write right now. 


It is not for lack of preaching that multi- 
tudes are unsaved. Rather it is that there 
has been and is some lack of genuineness in 
much Christian profession, some want of 
true Christian love and a certain absence of 
vibrant human sympathy that leaves hearts 
cold and untouched. The Church not only 
needs to cast away heterodoxy, but to warm 
its orthodoxy at the fires of spiritual fervor 
and unfeigned love of the brethren. Or so it 
seems to me. The Mentor, 



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Our Children's Department 




I know you children who have learned to know and love 
Aunt Loretta have wanted to know about her little daughter 
"Ruthie" who has been so ill. She is no longer ill for she 
has left this world and gone to live with Jesus, the children's 
friend, who tenderly gathered all the little ones in his arms 
when He was on earth. Aunt Loretta would appreciate 
hearing from each of you during these next few weeks while 
she so keenly misses this little one. Won't you all write her 
a note and let her know that you are thinking of her and 
remembering her in your prayers. Remember the "Daddie" 
and the little sister, too. 

Dear Children: 

How many of you boys and girls know the first verse in 
the Bible — Gen. 1:1? Let us find it. It reads, "In the be- 
ginning God created the heaven and the earth." 

Before this beginning, whenever it was, there was no blue 
sky, there was no deep sea, there was neither sun nor moon. 
Where this planet on which now we live goes around the 
great sun there was only a vast, empty space, or perhaps a 
great lonesome mist, called chaos, all strange, confused and 

Out of this chaos God created the heavens and the earth. 
To create is to make something and put it where there used 
to be nothing. Only God can do this. 

And then He did the most wonderful thing that even God 
could do. He spoke one word, gave one command, and the 
darkness lifted like a curtain that is rolled up and disappears. 
He said, "Let there be light: and there was light." Not grad- 
ually, but like a flash, the light chased away the darkness 
when God called it and bade it come. You know, children, 
light travels faster than almost anything in the universe. 

God saw the light, and it was good. So He divided it and 
made one part Day, which is the part in which we work and 
play, and another part Night, which is the part in which we 
sleep and rest. 

Next, God made the firmament. Look up and you can see 
it now. Sometimes white clouds sail over it like birds. Some- 
times black clouds hang low beneath it, and down from them 
pours the heavy rain or floats the fleecy snow. Clouds are 
full of vapor and vapor makes rain. The firmament is up 
yonder; the ocean down below. The ocean sends up mists 
and the sky sends down rain. The ocean and the sky love 
one another and still work together as when God first gave 
them their work to do. God called the firmament Heaven, 
and when He made borders and banks for the sea. He called 
the dry land Earth. 

Next, He clothed the land with green waving grass and 
lovely green herbs and beautiful trees. Every time you look 
at a garden of flowers or a clump of trees that gives pleas- 
ant shade, don't you think of the goodness of God who was 
our first gardener? 

Then God made the sun which is like a great chariot of 
fire and He made the silver moon that burns with a softer, 
tendered light. Tlie sun by day, the moon by night. And He 
put all the happy, twinkling stars in the sky. You can not 
see them when the sun rises, but they are there, shining just 
the same. ■ 

The earth, being now quite ready for inhabitants, like a "■ 
house all furnished and waiting for people to move in, God 
made birds to fly, and fish to swim, and beasts to walk about, 
and tiny, tiny insects and great ones too, so that the earth 
was full of glad, living creatures, all happy and fearless. God 
saw all these and was pleased with them and gave them His 

In this big House of Life that He had made there was no- 
body to rule, nobody to be overseer for God. The birds and 
beasts would soon have felt as children do when they have no 
one to whom they may run home at night if God had not 
created some one better than they, somebody wiser, who 
might love them and give them names and be their friends. 

So God breathed into man the breath of life, and made him 
a living soul; made him in His own image. He made both 
man and woman to be a king and a queen in the great new 
House of Life, to take care of everything, to enjoy every- 
thing, to be perfectly happy all day long, and never afraid 
of anything night or day. 

All this work took six days; not six little days of twenty- 
four hours each, but six divine days, each one of which may ' 
have been as long or as short as God chose to have it. 

Then, on the seventh day, or period, God rested. When God 
rested He gave us then and there the sweet and gracious 
thought of one day in every seven when we, too, may rest. 
Ihe Sabbath is another beautiful thing, a gift of God that 
began to be ours when God made the world. 

Is not this a wonderful God who has made Heaven and 
Earth and everything that is in them ? He made it all for 
us; Karth for our home here and Heaven for our home here- 
after. Let us love and trust Him more each day to show 
Him how we appreciate His marvelous blessings. 

With love, in Christ's name. 

Aunt Loretta's friend, 

513 Bowman Street, 

Mansfield, Ohio. 

March 1, 1941 


Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 


Luke 14:23, 24 

There is something startling in the word "com- 
pel" that is found in our Scripture today. Our 
Lord is so interested in the souls of men that He 
uses this term to express the earnestness which He 
expects from His followers. 

Our lives should be so lived that we may be able 
to be the "compelling" force in the liands of the 

"Ye shall be my witnesses." Use your life, an in- 
strument for Him. 


Acts 1:6-9 
"Ye shall receive power, when. . ." There is al- 
ways a source of power. There is always a time 
when that power can be used. 

But power can only be used when it is possessed. 
When the source has been "tapped". The medium 
■ through which that power comes into our posses- 
sion is the entrance of the Holy Spirit into our lives. 
Have you opened your heart to the Power that is 
to be found in the strength of the Spirit's posses- 


Matthew 22:1-10 
' Our Scrpture today deals with the manner of 
treatment of the invitation of the gracious Host. 
I The story is told of a worker in New York who 
' visited a certain Orphange and, speaking to the chil- 
, dren, told them that everywhere in the great city 
j was to be found the sign, "Safety First". One little 
fellow jump up and said, "Down here we put God 

Have you slighted His invitation and put other 
things in His place? 


Psalms 66:16-20 
As you read the Scripture did you note that the 
statement is that, "I will declare what He hath done 
for my soul" ? My soul — My self ! 

How long since you paused to count your bless- 
ings? Not your temporal blessings, but your spirit- 

ual blessings. The unseen dangers from which you 
have been protected. The opportunities for service 
which have been presented. The soul-satisfying 
spiritual food that comes from the Word. And, hav- 
ing examined, can you say, "I will declare what He 
hath done for MY soul"? 


John 11:20-29 

The Master is come, and calleth for thee." It was 
under strange circumstances and in trying times 
that these words were spoken. But it was at a time 
when the need was great. 

Today we are living in trying times. The world is 
in a torn and chaotic condition. Strange tilings are 
coming to pass. As Christians, we stand, as it were, 
in the presence of a dead world. 

And it is in such a world that the Master comes 
and calls for us. Calls for us that we might witness 
for Him. 


Luke 14:15-22 

In this Scripture we come upon some words that 
should grip us. ". . .and yet there is room". How 
utterly impossible it is to crowd the ranks of Chris- 
tianity. The more that come, the more room there 
is for added followers. 

Multiplied thousands have been invited and multi- 
plied thousands have accepted the invitation. But 
other multiplied thousands have rejected the grac- 
ious invitation. It is for these that there is yet 

Make them the burden of your prayer today. 


Hosea 10:9-15 

What time is it? "It is time to seek the Lord." 

It may be that you are reading these lines, not 
with the particular thought of meditation and wor- 
ship, but because God is calling your attention to 
the rapid passing of time into eternity. It may also 
be that you are "seeking the Lord." 

Why not pause to meditate on the 12th verse of 
this Scripture? It is an "immediate" duty to seek 
the Lord. 

Brethren, pray earnestly for those who are "seek- 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Among the Churches 
Post Card Publicity 

Missionary News. From the National Sunday School Di- 
rector of Missionary Education, Brother Chester Zimmerman, 
comes the following information. Here are his words. "I 
quote you from a recent issue of the Huntington, Indiana, 
bulletin. 'At our last quarterly business meeting it was de- 
cided that hereafter the Birthday Offering of our Church 
School shall be devoted to missions. The offerings made 
from Thanksgiving to Easter shall be devoted to Foreign 
Missions. The offerings made from lEaster to Thanksgiving 
shall be devoted to Home Missions. All have birthdays. Let 
each of us give an offering.' May I suggest that this be an 
inspiration to other churches to do like\vise." 

Dayton, Ohio. Sunday, February 9th was a day of inspir- 
ation and good attendance. Our General Secretary of The 
Missionary Board brought two great messages. Both the 
morning and evenings services were well attended. Our of- 
fering for Home Missions has reached the $600.00 mark and 
the offering for the New Publishing House was very good. 
Brother Klingensmith enjoyed being with us and expressed 
his appreciation for the work here and the splendid way in 
which our church is cooperating with the Missionary Board. 

Teegarden, Indiana. Our meeting started off well yester- 
day, Febi-uary IGth, in spite of inclement weather at night. 
Brother G. L. Maus and his North Liberty people surprised 
us by coming over to the meeting. We trust that we will 
have a fine meeting. — H. E. Eppley. 

Vinco, Pa. The official Board of the Vinco Brethren 
Church at a meeting on January 15th appointed committees 
which are to investigate ways and means whereby suitable 
interior improvements may be made to our church property. 
This action was taken in response to a sentiment quite pre- 
valent in the church membership in favor of these improve- 
ments. Vinco Bulletin. 

Stockton, California. The Stockton Church is starting its 
building today, February 8th, or the first of ne.xt week at 
the latest. Brother Frank Gehman said yesterday that 
$1200.00 has been subscribed to immediately begin the work. 
We are going to put up our first unit with that and not have 
any debt to pay off. It sound good to us and we are glad for 
it.— Mrs. H. Wilbur Wolfe. 

Warsaw, Indiana. The Warsaw Church appreciated the 
services of a Gospel Team from Ashland College on Sunday, 
February 2nd. The Team was composed of Gilbert Dodds, 
Eddie Puterbaugh, Robert Robbins, Paul Burkett and Robert 
Soka and had complete charge of both morning and evening 
services. Gilbert Dodds brought the morning message and 
Paul Burkett preached at the evening hour. 

A goodly attendance enjoyed both services. At the eve- 
ning service a young man gave his heart to the Lord and will 
be baptized next Sunday afternoon. Four were baptized fol- 
lowing the service last Sunday evening and six more await 
baptism next Sunday. 

Brother S. M. Whetstone has been invited as our Evangel- 
ist for two weeks, beginning March 31st. — George Pontius, 

North Vandergrift, Pa. Since coming to this field the first 
of February we have been very busy getting our home in 
order and calling in the homes of the members. When we 
came to our new home a fine gas stove had been installed. 

coal placed in the basement, fire made in the furnace and all 
utilities ready. Some furniture was here as well as our ovm. 
We are thankful for all this as well as to the good Berethren 
who helped us get our home in order. 

We praise the Lord for another fine group of Brethren 
folk who are anxious to do all they can for their Lord. The 
first two Sundays the attendance was 74, and last Sunday it 
was 89. 

We solicit your prayers for the work here that we all, pas- 
tor and people, may be kept in the center of His will and that 
many souls may be bom into the kingdom. These brethren 
at North Vandergrift know what it means to suffer for their 
Lord. For out of both flood and depresssion they have come 
forth loyally for the Lord and His work. 

Elmer M. Keck, pastor. 

My First Impression 

I was told that I would not find much when I went to a cer- 
tain place at Lakemore, Ohio, just outside Akron or near 
Ellet. But believe it or not, in a double garage with a ce- 
mented floor, a small stove, an old organ, plus forty hard 
working, believing Christians, I found the necessary ele- 
ments of a growing church group. We had a fine service 
and all felt the fellowship of Christ and the power of the 
Holy Spirit in our midst. 

Their rapid grovrth has presented many problems but one 
of them was solved that night when the lumber for the nec- 
essary benches was donated and plans made immediately for 
their construction. As yet we need a pulpit and many other 
things, but we believe that God will continue to supply our 
every need. 

This work at Lakemore began vsdth only a few, and in less 
than a year has grown to forty members. We are praying 
and preparing for evangelistic services at Easter and look 
forward to the day when these people can again have a 
church in which to worship and give praise to their God. 

We ask for the united prayers of our church for the con- 
tinuation and growth of the work. The seed has been sovm 
in a fertile land. Eugene Beekley. 


Dear Evangelist Readers: 

We had hoped to have our revival before we took our win- 
ter vacation. Brother Stewart, of Bryan, Ohio, had prom- 
ised to come. We had our circulars printed with the sub- 
jects for two weeks. Flu broke out in Bryan, closing the 
schools and also here, hitting our church hard, so we had to 
cancel the engagement. 

We postponed the meeting, hoping by spring that he can 
come and hold it for us. The flu and holidays cut our at- 
tendance somewhat, but it is coming up again. We leave 
February 3rd for a badly needed rest. 

We are going to Covington, Va., to spend six weeks with 
my brother J. S. and wth my youngest daughter, who lives 
seven miles from my brother. My son, Milton, will fill my 
pulpit the second and third Sundays in February. We thank 
the Nappanee, Indiana, brethren for letting him off for these 
two weeks. Local help will fill the pulpit for three weeks. 
We expect to get outside help for one more Sunday. Unless 
we can get a good pastor I expect to return again for a short ■ 
while, beginning the last Sunday in March. 

We hope Brother Stewart may be able to come the last 
part of April or the first half of May. Pray for our work at 

Two weeks ago I baptized a young married man. We are 
hoping that he will be an active member. A young lady said 
today that she will be baptized when I return from Virginia 
in March. Isaac D. Bowman 

March 1, 1941 



While our report may be somewhat "belated", it will, how- 
ever, be NEWS to some at least. We closed our work with 
the Roann Church in September after serving them for three 
years. We had many pleasant seasons of rejoicing through 
this space of time, as well as some of the most difficult sea- 
sons. But through the grace of the Lord we are happy to 
keep the bright side in view and memory of the happy days 
in the foreground. The Lord added to the church roll forty- 
seven souls in the three years. Roann has many loyal and 
devoted workers, and we feel they are more firmly grounded 
in the Gospel than ever before and that they \vill always be 
loyal to the church and her institutions. We bespeak con- 
tinued progress for them in the coming years. Many tokens 
were bestowed upon us during the last weeks of our stay 
from members, groups, and classes which humbled us and 
made us feel that, after all, God had blessed our labors to- 
gether for His glory. 

In the interium, after leaving Roann and moving to the 
new field, we "took some time off" to make a tour back to 
Topeka, Kansas, to visit our sons who make their homes in 
that city. While there we, vdth our son Loyde, made a spec- 
ial trip up to Wymore, and Carleton, Nebraska, at the latter 
place to see a former parishioner, who had been ill for many 
months, and to have a short- service with him and to cheer 
him on in his last hours of earth's pilgrimage — four days 
later he went home to his Lord. 

Other places visited on our trip were Mankato, Kensington, 
Norton, Clayton, Norcatur, Kansas — the latter place, our old 
home where we lived in pioneer days of the mid-west. The 
marks of time revealed many a change over the old stamp- 
ing grounds. Two days among relatives, brothers, sisters, 
and in-laws, was indeed an inspiration and benediction. We 
spent one night with former parishioners at Portis. We no- 
ted many changes here also. Back to Topeka for a few more 
days, where we spoke to young peoples groups at the U. P. 
Church, and once at the Church of the Brethren in the city. 
We began our vi'ork on our new field October 16th, preach- 
ing the first Sunday at Cambria, where we found a good au- 
dience to greet us. We discovered the former minister. 
Brother H. Eppley, had done a commendable work, and we 
hope we may be a worthy successor in His name, whom we all 
serve. October 27 we began our revival at Burlington. Min- 
isters who know what it means to move, with all its com- 
iplexity of getting established at home and field, can also 
realize the added responsibility of going right into a revival 
campaign. That's what we did. But we had some excellent 
lay helpers that aided wonderfully in getting everything 
lined up. Lord bless the faithful ones. 

We tried to preach the "Old Time Gospel" with all its 
power and purity, and there was a harvest. The average 
attendance for all services was 119 plus, which local people 
said was exceptional. We had groups from surrounding 
places come in, and some brought special numbers. Each 
evening the minister, being a chalk artist, drew pictures and 
gave object lessons to the children. We closed the meetings 
with a fine spirited Comrnunion service on Monday evening. 
Seven were baptized, and two were added by letter. 

At the Christmas season a dramatic-cantata was given to 
1 large audience. We had a splendid group of willing work- 
ers carry their parts through. Mrs. Russell Rodkey and 
Mrs. Deeter had charge of this work. 

January 29th we began a two weeks meeting at the Cam- 
itria Church. Here are a faithful and hopeful group of 
Brethren, and the attendance held up at an average level 
throughout — 60 plus — no real highs or lows. 
While there were no additions here, the work was strength- 

ened in many ways and the people are more and more de- 
termined to hold on and labor faithfully in His Kingdom. A 
week night Bible study and prayer service are maintained 
with an average of about twenty. 

We want to also say a commendable word for our former 
minister — our predecessor, Brother C. Y. Gilmer, who did a 
faithful and efficient piece of work at both the above 
churches. He is highly respected and loved by these peo- 
ple and did a lasting work during his stay here. May the 
Lord bless him richly in his future labors. 

As we write these lines we are propped up in bed in our 
home in Burlington and "Old Man Flu" is our "unwelcomed 
guest". We have been on the "hay" a week, and had to miss 
Church School and preaching one Sunday (Feb. 2, 1941), 
but we hope to recover e'er another Lord's day so we can be 
on duty again. Lots of flu around. 

We like the mighty fine note and spirit of a BRIGHTER 
outlook for our beloved denomination everywhere. Our peo- 
ple are taking a NEW hold and grip on the work in general 
— everywhere! Praise the Lord. New buds opening here and 
there into flowers of beauty and permanence. New Publish- 
ing House, new efforts being pushed through in Mission work 
and a BIGGER activity in practical things — visions being and 
to be worked out. 

Glory to His name — we are Happy in Him that loved us. 

W. R. Deeter. 




We are presenting in this issue of The Brethren 
Evangelist our second report of the offering for the 
new building. The church offerings are reported in 
alphabetical order but the individual contributions in 
the order of their receipt. Some individual gifts may 
not be properly placed with their local church when 
the doner has failed to state to which church he be- 

Thi'ough some error one line was lost in the first 
issue of our report. This line should have given the 
miscellaneous gifts from the Ashland Church of 
$27.98. However, the total gifts from the church 
were correct. 

Corrected Balance $2392.43 

Ardmore, Ind 23.09 ■ 

Ashland, Ohio: 

Dean J. Benshoff $ 5.00 

Lyda Wertman 5.00 

Mrs. Cynthia Blotter 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Beeghly 5.00 

R. R. Haun 5.00 

Mrs. Clara W. Miller 5.00 

Dr. C. L. Anspach 5.50 

Arthur DeLozier 1-00 

Jesse Dupler 15.00 

Miscellaneous 3-50 

Anna Holmes * LOO 71.00* 

Berlin, Pennsylvania: 

Mary Jane Meyers $ 5.00 

M. Geneva Altfather 5.00 

Fred W. Brandt 5.00 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Ida Kimmel 5.00 

N. V. Leatherman 5.00 

J. H. Glessner 5.00 

Miscellaneous 23.00 53.00 

Burlington, Ind 11.20 

Calvary, N. J 7.00 

Elkhart, Ind 80.00 

Fremont, Ohio: 

Christian Endeavor Society $ 2.00 

Miscellaneous 11.40 13.40 

Fair Haven, Ohio: 

Delpha Martin & family $ 5.00 

Glenn Worst 5.00 

Mrs. Clara Ehert -- 10.00 

Miscellaneous 14.00 34.00 

Gratis, Ohio: 

Rev. & Mrs. A. E. Whitted $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. N. G. Kimmel 5.00 

Mrs & Mrs. Harry Wikle 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Smith 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Flora 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Andrews 1.00 

Clayton H. Andrews 1.00 

Cordelia Meshet 1.00 

Miscellaneous 1.50 21.50 

Hagerstown, Md. : 

J. I. Herter $ 7.00 

Myrtle Laughlin 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John C. Shank 5.00 

C. H. Rohrer 10.00 

G. W. Spielman 5.00 

Mrs. J. M. Tombaugh 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. M. B. Ridenour 5.00 

H. C. Keplinger 5.00 

Mrs. Ella Bovey 5.00 

Miscellaneous 16.50 68.50 

Huntington, Ind.: 

Mrs. Lizzie Taylor $ 2.00 

Ida Trammel 2.00 4.00 

Highland, Pa 5.25 

Johnstown, Pa., Second Church: 

Mrs. G. B. Baumgardner $ 5.00 

Miscellaneous 8.50 13.50 

Lathrop, Calif 13.16 

Maurertown, Va 19.60 

Mathias, W. Va 12.75 

Mexico, Ind 11.89 

Mount Olivet 9.00 

Mount Olive, Va.: 

E. H. Michael $ 5.00 

North Manchester, Ind 

Oakville, Ind 

Peru, Ind 

Pittsburgh, Pa 

Rev. Floyd Sibert, Pittsburgh, Pa 

St. James, Md 

Mrs. Harley Zumbaugh, Tiosa, Ind 

Sergeantsville, N. J 

Vinco, Pa 

Waynesboro, Pa.: 

W. M. S $ 5.00 

Loyal Members 9.00 

West Alexandria, 0.: 

H. J. Riner $ 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Runyon 2.00 

Home Builder's Class 1.50 

Ori'ille Tittle 1.00 

W. C. Keplinger 5.00 

Williamstown, Ohio: 

Mildred Wolford $ 5.00 

Miscellaneous 9.75 

Mr. & Mrs. G. B. Strayer, Ft. Lauderville, Fla 

Mrs. Harry D. Baugher, Union Bridge, Md 

Mrs. E. G. Good, Harrisonburg, Va 

Mrs. Ruth B. Hatch, Los Angeles, Calif 

D. G. Lemon, Portis, Kans 

Mrs. N. Overcash, Sabillsville, Md 

Harold E. Parks, Conemaugh, Pa 

Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Furry & Mildred, Johnstown, Pa. 

Mrs. Annie Martin, Waynesboro, Pa 

Rufus Carlin, Denver, Ind 

Mollie R. Griffin, Smithfield, Pa 

Mrs. Mary Hazlett, Mansfield, Ohio 

Wm. H. Mellott, Deshler, Ohio 

Mrs. Irvin Kelly, Vandergrift, Pa 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla 

J. A. Klise, Peru, Ind 

W. G. Knavel, Conemaugh, Pa 

Mrs. S. D. Senenbaugh, Lydia, Md 

John W. Clear, Frankfort, Ind 

Mrs. Minnie Sloan, Mulberry, Ind 

Earl Diringer, Frankfort, Ind 

Mrs. James Benshoff, Johnstovm, Pa 

Mrs. Earl Fitt, Johnstown, Pa 

Mr. John Fitt, Johnstown, Pa 

Mrs. C. W. Schaffer, Johnstown, Pa 

S. J. Miller & wife, Hamlin, Kans 

L. L. Hummel, Homerville, Ohio 

Mary E. Klotz( Summit Mills, Pa.) 

James Lindsay, Washington, D. C 

Total to date $3,265.64 

* Additional Gifts 

Mrs. E. H. Michael 5.00 10.00 

Nappanee, Indiana: We are very well pleased with the offering thus 

Wm. F. Wedmayer $ 5.00 far and you will agree that the amount totals up 

Mr. & Mrs. T. C. Leslie 10.00 n tj? i i. x • -ri. i • ji j 

Mrs. Mervin Stuckman 5.00 ^^"- ^^ ^^^ ^^^^ '^^'^ S^"* in your gifts kindly do 

Mrs. Nell Walters 1.00 SO soon. We are expecting to start work on the new 

Mrs. J. c. Hassler 1.00 building as soon as the weather conditions will per- 

Rev. J. M. Bowman 2.00 -4- rp, , -; ,, , j-j ■., , 

Mrs. J. H. Cunningham 5.00 "^i*" Thanks for these splendid gifts ! 

Miscellaneous 45.00 74.00 W. E. Ronk. 

Vol. LXIII, No. 10 


March 8, 1941 

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Will They Have a Future? 

Carleton, Nebr. 

Huntington, Ind, 
New Kensington, Pj 

Uniontown, Pa— 

Oak Hill. W. Va. 
Lost Creek, Ky. 
Cumberland, Md, 

Cordoba, S. A, 
Rosario, S. A, 

Buenos Aires, S. A. 

Commission?^^ From 

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Jesus Is Calling Today 

The Light 

He has stopped at my door again. If I refuse His Call He merely stands 
and looks, as on the cover page. He says nothing; He looks. I know u'hv, 
but dare not say. 

He called last Easter again to tell me that He had risen so that I should 
too. Something told me that He did this for all the rest too, and that some 
of them do not even know it. 

He called on Dr. Yoder a number of years ago and asked him to go to 
South America to work in the fields that are ivhite unto harvest. Yes, Dr. 
Yoder could go, and did. The work expanded. Native preachers and work- 
ers rose up to follow. Then He called on our Brethren Church asking us 
to go too in ways that only Christian people can go, with our gifts and of- 

And so He calls again! The Silent Searcher of hearts; The Saviour of 
the world; The Son of the Living God; my Lord and my God! 

He has nearly ahvays called in behalf of somebody else. He roams the 
States and Continents searching for that one lost sheep, that prodigal son, 
that alien in a foreign land. He ties Himself all up in our hearts so that 
we cannot evade His issue — to save lost men and women from the eternal 
judgment of wrath. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life" 
and "he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God 
abideth on him." If one shall be saved through my gifts! But if one — 
just one — should be lost because I didn't give! 

For these years I have excused myself from talking to the lost in my otvn' 
neighborhood. I've said they ivouldn't listen; that I wasn't able to move 
them; that I just couldn't. And I've even wondered if they aren't over- 
churched. But Jesus is calling to help in places tvhere I know they are not over-churched and ivhere they 
are not resentful. Rather they are eager and longing to hear. "But how shall they hear tvithout a preach" 
er; and Iiou: sliall they })reach except they be sent?" Bible coaches and the saving message are welcomed. 
Can the privilege of sending them be umvelcomed to me? 

Easter is just about here. My church calls. My Lord calls. "Jesus is calling today." He looks; and I 

knoir He looks at me, and at all of my brethren. ' 

Our Denomination has called for a Day of Prayer for God to send us a great Easter Offering. 





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prayer list /n on the back page. He stands looking at us on the front page. "Tenderly calling today." 


Our Brethren in every city — 

see how they do 


-Acts 15:36 

It is with grateful acknowledgement to our pas- 
tors and laymen in our churches scattered through- 
out our nation that we must estimate again the here- 
tofore unknown sti-ength of some of our local 
churches and Sundaj^ Schools. Can it be that with 
so little excitement and in such quiet and dignified 
ways our Brethren people are opening up springs 
within their hearts which before seemed closed? 
The Spirit of God seems to have many thousands He 
can use, and is using right now. 


We close the account of this week with gifts sur- 
passing $1600 for the week alone. Then the Wo- 
man's Missionary Society kindly brought us $1500 
this month. We are grateful indeed. 


From our Brethren in Dayton, Ohio, comes a check 
for $600! This is in addition to the Movie Camera 
they purchased for us. And a note says, "This is not 
all yet." Who can but be challenged by such a gen- 
erous and noble effort made by those Brethren. We 
preached there one Sunday morning and evening to 
very good crowds. Dr. Bell has made a great con- 
tribution to the lives of our Brethren there, and thus 
to the entire denomination. Dayton, we are inspir- 
ed by you. Would that all of our churches had your 
iSpirit. What other church will answer Dayton's 
spirit and challenge at Easter? 


From Conemaugh there comes another check. 
rhey have thus far brought us $435.25 ! Our Breth- 
ren there portray something that we feel belongs 
peculiarly to the Brethren quality of faith. They 
respond with magnanimity because of Christ's sake 
:ilone. No, they were not promised or "sold" or 
'pressured" into a single thing. For Him and Him 
ilone they do it. If after they have given their 
earnings and shared their means for the sake 
)f Jesus Christ somebody else fails in the use of it, 
hen they have still given for Him, and the Lord 
jod Himself will judge the use of those consecrated 
lifts. We think this is a better method than to 
)romise the world for a few cents, then after the 

years see that the investment purchased was most- 
ly promises. Jesus said, "by their fruits ye shall 
know them", not "by their promises". We are deep- 
ly conscious in this office of what God's money is to 
be used for; and it is His money when thus given. 
We believe with all our hearts that the Cause is His 
and for His sake. 


The First Church of Johnstown sends in another 
gift to our Lord's work. They have now brought us 
$376.99. They didn't forget, did they? How shall 
we say "thank you" well enough. And yet, it was 
for a noble cause they gave and thus they share in 
it, too. Thank God for people who keep right on 
sharing in a work that is as much God's work right 
now as it ever was. God never forgets. It is born 
in some of us to remain faithful to things that the 
years have proven. It was good of you to remem- 
ber us again. Thank you. 


Washington, D. C, where it was our privilege 
when a boy in college to preach for two summers, 
made us glad last week. $218.43 was their offering. 
Naturally we went back again to those yesterdays 
when that church gave a surprise party to the "old 
Parson" as they said and gave him a personal gift of 
$80 in addition to the most generous shower of 
gifts we have ever received, fix)m the young people. 
We thank you so much for your offering. We as- 
sure you that it will serve a worthy Cause. We 
have not forgotten the inspiration you gave us 
then; and now you have done it again. God bless 
you all. It was pleasant to recall your kindness as 
we read your names on the offering 1st. 


From Bryan, Ohio, comes an Easter offering al- 
ready. They have sent us $211.64, part of which is 
designated as "Foreign offering". Thank you Bry- 
an. Yours is the first church to send us an Easter 
offering although some individual gifts have already 
come in. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Thank you for your almost instantaneous response 
to our last week's letter. Some answers came in 
the next mail. Some were Special Delivery. You 
have been kind to come to our assistance amidst 
your own rushing duties. 


Word from Brother Drushal tells us that they are 
now the proud possessors of a new lighting system. 
His letter, like a number of our minister's letters al- 
so states that it is with great joy that he welcomes 
the Day of Prayer to be held in our denomination. 
We trust that you will study carefully the prayer 
list on the back page of this Evangelist and join us 
in our petitions to the God of heaven to look kindly 
towards us to help us in our Easter Offering. 


We spoke to a splendid audience in New Lebanon 
last Sunday morning where Rev. C. C. Grisso is pas- 
tor. He and Mr. Clayton, the Sunday School Super- 
intendent, were so kind as to convene the Adult Sun- 
day School for us. Then immediately following that 
service we had the pleasure of hearing Reverend 
Rowsey from the College preach in the Dayton 
church. We had a few minutes with Reverend Sam- 
uel Adams at Pleasant Hill, also. 


We were invited to dinner at the home of Mr. & 
Mrs. W. L. Garber, for years prominent leaders in 
our church at Ankenytown. Brother Garber was 
the Sunday School Superintendent for many years 
there, and his daughter Evelyn was Sunday School 
Pianist, and then Church Pianist for a number of 
years. One can hardly question their Brethren 
background and convictions. We have a goodly 
number of genuinely Brethren people in that com- 
munity, too. Our first revival meeting was held 
there; also our first Gospel Team trip was to Ank- 
enytown. It was also our first Brethren Pastor- 
ate. Brother Fred Murphy, a prominent layman 
there has been ill. We hope for his immediate re- 


Nappanee sent us $150 and have already inform- 
ed us that they are sending us $200 this Easter for 
a tent for Dr. Yoder. This sounds good. How it 
makes a local church feel to have such a vital part 
in these great works for our Lord only those who 
do it can know. Brother Milton Bowman has 
preached for several Sundays to our fine group in 
Cumberland, Maryland, during his father's absence. 
We appreciate this help from the pastor and people 
at Nappanee. J. R. K. 



SATISFIED WITH LESS THAN $25,000 at EASTER? Our Foreisn work 

MUST expand immediately. Native workers MUST be trained; buildings 
MUST be obtained. Each local church, and each individual doing his 
Missionary part is the answer. 


Then use your envelopes 

We are thankful for the $1.00 gifts as well as $5.00 and $10.00 
and $25.00 and the larger gifts. 

March 8, 1941 

Pastor First 
Brethren Church 
Oakville, Indiana 


Reverend L. V. King 

That our denomination advance is no doubt the de- 
sire of every true Brethren. If we fail to advance it 
will not be because we do not have the desire to so 

do. There are very few 
people who have any in- 
terest whatsoever in an 
organization but would 
like to see it make prog- 
ress. But there is a 
tendency to shift respon- 
sibility on someone else. 
The average layman 
places it on the leader- 
ship of the local church. 
And the leadership of the 
local church places it on 
the leadership of the 
National Organization. 
And we usually excuse 
our neglect by saying 
that the leaders have not given us a worthwhile and 
aggressive program. 

There is also a tendency to put off action until 
some other time. Then ere long we discover that 
we have lost our desire to carry out the plan or pro- 


I Therefore, if we are to advance as a church, our 
leadership must first present to us a well planned 
and aggressive program which is workable. Some- 
times our programs are so indefinite, that the av- 
erage leader of the local church does not know how 
to proceed to carry it out. He needs an interpreter 
to interpret the program. "Science and Health" 
which is supposed to be an interpretation of the Bi- 
ole is harder to understand than the Bible itself. 
Sometimes our programs are that way. So a pro- 
gram must be challenging, but it must also be work- 

i Then when a program is presented, those present- 
ng the program must be the first to work them out 
n their own local churches. They should under- 
stand the program best. This gives them opportun- 
ty to find the weak places in the program and en- 
ibles them to correct these weaknesses before pre- 
senting them to others. When once the local church 
s able to see the program worked out to success by 
hose presenting them, they will be the more ready 
accept and use it. 
In the third place, churches must be challenged 

to go to work at once on a program which has been 
tried and found workable. And it is just here where 
most of us fail. I do feel, that, at least now, our de- 
nominational leaders have presented to us as never 
before a worth-while program. Especially is this 
true of Missions. So if we fail in the years ahead it 
will not be because we do not have a worthwhile pro- 
gram. The fault will rest upon us who are not chal- 
lenged by it. 

Neglect, just putting off, failure to act immediate- 
ly upon the first impulse or desire is the sin of many 
of us. We go to Conference and have presented to 
us a challenging program and we are impressed at 
once with its value. There springs up within us a 
desire to accept it and go back to our homes and 
challenge the rest of the congregation with its val- 
ue. Only to find that after we arrive home, some 
other or local need crowds in and we put off for the 
time our plan. And then a second local need arises 
and ere long we find that we have lost the desire we 
so readily accepted at Conference. 

For example, at our last Conference many of the 
delegates felt the need of doing something to pay 
the old coal bill at the Brethren Home. But how 
soon they forgot all about it. How enthusiastic we 
were when it was suggested that Shipshewana be 
immediately enlarged so that it might become a Na- 
tional retreat for the Brethren. But how many peo- 
ple have acted upon that impulse since Conference? 
We will wait to get enthused again till another Con- 
ference, only to find that we have lost another year. 

How often we have been challenged to build a new 
church in an inviting field, only to go home and for- 
get all about it. And another opportunity was lost 
to The Brethren Church, only because we failed to 
act upon our desires immediately. 

Neglect, just putting off, failure to act today. 
That is the history and experience of The Brethren 
Church. Dr. Massee tells of a prominent young min- 
ister who made a complete failure of his life all be- 
cause he had one fault. He never quite did. He was 
never on time. He just kept putting off. 

Here are a few proverbs we ought to remember. 
"Procrastination is the thief of time". "Putting off 
steals opportunity". "Waiting destroys profit". 
"Time is lost by the habit of tomorrow". "Delays 
are dangerous". "Never put off till tomorrow what 
you can do today". "Hell is paved with good inten- 


Shakespeare once wrote: 

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, 
Which when taken at the flood, leads on to fortune, 

Omitted, all the voyage of their life 
Is bound up in shallows and miseries." 

Insurance companies, fire departments, etc., have 
given us many illustrations of people who intended 
to but never did. How many people there are who 
intended to become Christians but who never do, 
simply because they neglected. 

Jesus expressed the same thought when He said : 
"Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold now is 
the day of salvation." Why did He repeat those 
words "behold" and "now" twice in this short verse? 
The invitation of Jesus is always in the present. 
"Gome, for all things are now ready." Satan says: 

The Brethren Evangelist 

"Tomorrow is plenty of time." Christ says: "Today 
is the only day." 

How many programs have been worked out very 
carefully by committees at the expense of time and 
money both to themselves and their churches, and 
have then been presented to the church through the 
printed page, only to find that the program was ac- 
cepted by only a very few. 

How many Brethren Churches might have been 
built in the past had we always acted immediately 
upon our desires, only time may reveal. God for- 
give us for our past neglect. And may we as we 
face the new year and new program of our Mission 
Board act NOW, at once. Tomorrow may be too 
late. Shall we advance? Yes, IF we advance today. 
Not if we wait until tomorrow, for tomorrow may be 
too late. 

"The command 'Go. . .Ye' is made possible only as 
we give money to send workers. We should give 
generously this year." C. L. Anspach. 

"If the Whole Gospel Message of The Brethren 
Church is a matter of conviction, you surely will 
generously support Brethren Missionary work." 
Claud Studebaker. 

"South America wa? 
the field that crystal- 
ized the missionary 
spirit of The Brethren 
Church into action, 
therefore it should 
command our best ef- 
fort in this Easter of- 
fering." Mrs. F. C. 

"The surest way not to 
fail is to determine to 
succeed with our best 
gifts this Easter." S. 
M. Whetstone. 

iMarch 8, 1941 



When The Brethren Church began mission work 
in Argentina in 1909, Adolfo Zeche was a boy of 
about ten years of age. He was born in Rio Cuarto 
of German-Polish parents. He became one of the 

most faithful members of the Sunday School and at 
twenty-two years of age was called to preach. 

He graduated from the National College in Rio 
Cuarto and attended the Baptist Seminary in 
Buenos Aires. He was an efficient colporter, 
Bible Coach worker and assistant pastor in 
Huinca Renanco and Realico. While in Buenos 
Aires he was pastor of our mission there and later 
was pastor in Cabrera, then in Huinca Renanco and 
for a brief time in Rio Cuarto. 

He has been pastor the last six years in Huinca 
Renanco and Realico where, as everywhere else, he 
has been very successful and much loved by the peo- 
ple. He married a German girl from Uruguay who 
has two sisters who are also Christian workers. 
Brother and Sister Zeche have two lovely daughters 
who have the making of good future missionaries. 
He began his work as pastor in Rosario on Decem- 
ber, 1, 1940. 


The following report was sent by Brother Adolfo 
Zeche after three weeks of work as pastor in Ros- 
ario.— C. F. Y. 

Today, after making many visits and distributing 
a large quantity of literature, we returned home 
late, marvelling at the great and beautiful field of 
labor which we have in this part of the city of Ros- 
ario. We constantly see thousands of men, women 
and children who fill the streets as they go and come 
from work to their homes. Many also sit on the 
broad side walks to enjoy the fresh air on these hot 
summer days. 

j We would never have believed that in a city there 
Iwould be so many opportunities to give the Gospel 
message, and especially that there are entire large 
districts which have no Gospel mission whatever. I 
am deeply impressed with the evidence that the 
guiding hand of God has brought us to this place 
where there are so many opportunities to win souls. 
Converts here will probably be more stable as mem- 
bers than those in small towns where the vicissi- 
tudes of drouth and lack of work cause so many to 
move about that the work remains year after year 
it about the same level. This is discouraging for 
;he pastor who must thus labor without seeming 
;o make any progress. 

With great pleasure I congratulate the directors 
)f the work for the good judgment they have shown 
n selecting this field of labor in the cities which are 
ible to respond more amply to the Gospel message. 

We are truly happy to be in Rosario and to be per- 
mitted to work for the Lord here. We pray that the 
Lord will open many hearts, and we ask the prayers 
of the church that the Word of God may spread 
here without obstacles or interruptions. 

We are also very happy with the gi'oup of believ- 
ers here and the bond of Christian love uniting pas- 
tor and people is already very strong. There is also 
a very great field for expansion among the many 
large and prosperous towns surrounding the city. 
These continually send their people to live in the city 
whose population is thus continually increased. 

It would be wise to buy or build a special place for 
worship because by renting we never find a place 
that is really adapted to the work. Our halls are too 
small for the regular attendance and cannot at all 
accommodate the crowds that come to special pro- 
grams. We are praying the Lord to help us to solve 
this difficulty. We are also praying that there may 
be funds to enable us to reach out through the many 
open, doors around us. 

We all praise the Lord for his work in the hearts 
of the beloved brethren in the United States who in 
their goodness in our behalf and their abnegation 
in the service of the Lord have made this mission 
possible. May God bless and recompense with great 
joy these faithful fellow- workers. 

Always with much love and good will in the Lord, 

Yours in His service, 

Adolfo Zeche. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Another South American Representative 

Jose Anton was the first boy to whom we taught 
the Gospel in Argentina. His father was French 
and his mother German. Both were at first oppos- 
ed to the mission, but finally all the family became 
members. Jose and his brother Fernando first help- 
ed in the work in Rio Cuarto and then began col- 
portage trips with Bibles and tracts. Fernando at 
his own expense opened a mission in Villa Mercedes 
and started an orphans home, receving gifts from 
the public. Unfortunately he was called away by 
death. Jose worked his own way until he was able 
to attend seminary in Buenos Aires, and then he 
was called to open a mission there in which our own 
children assisted while in school there. He was suc- 
cessful as a pastor in Deheza near Rio Cuarto, but on 
account of the illness of his wife's mother, located 
again in Buenos Aires, where he has been one of the 
best colporters of the American Bible Society for 
many years. His first wife died and his second is 
shown in the picture. She has been a school teacher 
and is a very talented worker. His son and daugh- 
ter are both active workers and the girl, now 17, 
would like to prepare for missionary work. Any in- 
dividual or society wishing to foster some special 
project can make a fruitful investment in the edu- 
cation of this talented and faithful Christian girl. 

A hundred dollars a year would probably be suffi- 

Although offered good pastorates elsewhere 
Brother Anton has always been loyal to The Breth- 
ren Church and is now happy to be a regular worker. 
He began work with the people in the district of 
Sarandi only a few months ago, but already has a 
nice group of interested people, but as this district 
is subject to inundations it may be necessary to 
change. Pray that the Lord may lead in this and all 
other problems. 


After All 

The most cancerous idea among Christians today is that the missionary 
enterprize is optional. Dr. J. A. Richards. 

'We put evangelism aside because of a deficiency in our oum souls." 

We are' Christians only because Paul did not stay at home. Dr. Robert 
E. Speer. 

If we get the Easter vision we will share the Resurrection glory and 

The job of evangelizing the world depends upon the iviUingness of 
ChrisVs disciples to give time, talents and money. Solve the problem of 
giving and sharing and most of our present-day problems will disappear. 

March 8, 1941 

A Good Time 


To Promote Kingdom Interests 

There has always been a 
time when the church has 
had its lean periods and 
then emerged into a pros- 
perous decade. Her spirit- 
ual inertia has been attrib- 
uted to spiritual collapse 
within herself. Yet if the 
true appraisal of the mat- 
ter were arrived at it would 
be seen that she was just 
really out of breath and 
getting ready to make a 
new start. A hard bump 
being often the cause of 
slow up. 

We do not appraise the church as we inventory 
the things of the world. The church is a dynamic 
force of righteousness in the world and her worth 
and continuity is not dependent upon the faithful- 
ness of one Christian or group of Christians, but up- 
on the intrinsic movement of values toward the 
eternal goal, the doing of God's will. This is clear- 
ly seen in the movement when it was said a certain 
group were turning the world upside down. 

We are partners with God in the eternal Kingdom 
expansion work, and are given all the spiritual 
equipment to carry on under the power of the Holy 
Spirit and our orders are, "Seek ye first the King- 
dom of God and his righteousness." Therefore let 
us point out, as we see it, some things we need give 
heed to under the Spirit guidance. 

I. Spiritual Rehabilitation 

The Brethren people have a good part in this 
spiritual rehabilitation program. Babson said, "We 
can't go much farther until we catch up spiritually." 
If this is true, and no doubt it is, we will have to 
take good stock of our spiritual resources. We 
can't continue to say the same amount of water is 
going under the bridge, but we will have to raise 
the spiritual tide until the water spills over and the 
whole world will again see and feel the heat of the 
Spirit and the dross will be burned out of people's 
hearts. We need heart warming. Some have tried 
head warming without results. There has been 
quite an outward display but no spiritual quicken- 

My short experience with the Brethren has been 
happy, but I can say that what we need is less 
dramatics and more dynamics, and if I am not mis- 
taken I could see at the Ashland Conference a real 
desire to set up a program that will have everlasting 

Pastor of Akron, 

Corinth Brethren 

Churches, Indiana 

Then in our program let 
us avoid the element that 
leads to spiritual isolation. 
We do not foster Brethren 
ideals for Brethren alone, 
but we promote Brethren 
ideals for the whole world. 
Our interpretation o f 
Christian ideals is all the 
more valuable as it is dis- 
seminated to the whole 
world. In other words, this 
is a time to let our light 
shine. A light shines best 
when there is no impedi- 
ment. We have the Light and the urgent thing is 
to clear the way so the Spiritual Light may shine 
into unregenerated men's hearts. We don't need 
planned economy nearly as much as we need the 
Light of the Son of God. 

XL Zeal 

We need to inventory our stock of zeal. Zeal has 
been the characteristic factor in most, if not all, re- 
ligious movements and noticably has it been the out- 
standing factor in Christian movements. It has 
been pointed out that persecution has scattered the 
church, but persecution without zeal of those per- 
secuted would in the end amount to nothing. Zealous, 
devout men's efforts who were not afraid to risk 
their all that men might have the true hght result- 
ed in the Renaissance, the revival of both religion 
and education at the beginning of the sixteenth 
century. We need always to keep in mind the zeal 
of our pioneer brethren, who blazed the trails and 
also those who would not wield to insidious voices 
and spiritual jaywalkers. 

III. Church Expansion 

When the church is afire and shot through with 
Christian zeal, she will gladly hear the voice, "Go 
ye therefore and teach all nations", Matt. 28:19a. 
We marvel at the Christian heroes Mack, Becker, 
and others. But when we read their testimony the 
loss of property, home, and friends was small com- 
pared to the joy that was set before them in the 
service of their King. 

We have great opportunities before us at this 
present time. The home field is open. The home 
field is calling loudly to us to come in and help them. 
The plans and resources are sometimes lacking, but 
abandonment to the cause will open the way. 

We are not as limited as we think! 


The Brethren Evangelist 



The world's great heart is aching 

Aching fiercely in the night 
And God alone can heal it 

And God alone give light; 
And the ones to bear the message 

And to preach the living Word 
Are you and I my brothers 

And all others that Mve heard. 

Can we close our eyes in darkness, 

Can we fold our hands at ease, 
Ere the gate of life stands open 

To the pathway of the seas? 
Can tve shut up our convpassion. 

Can we leave one prayer unsaid, 
Ere the soul that sin has ruined 

Has au'akened from the dead? 

We grovel among trifles. 
And our spirits fret and toss 

While above us hangs the vision 
Of the Christ upon His Cross. 

Oh voice of God, xve hear thee. 

Amidst the wreck of time. 
Thine echoes roll around u^ 

Thy message is sublime. 
No power of vuin shall thivart us 

No stronghold us dismay, 
For Christ demands obedience 

And love has led the way. 


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After All- 

3,000,000 to convert in Buenos Aires 
50,000 to convert in Rio Cuarto 
550,000 to convert in Rosario 
300,000 to convert in Cordoba 

^ut how? 


This photograph was taken of Dr. Ye 
return to South America after Ckjnferei J. 
Eleanor and Grace and son Robert, ea'" 

Dr. Yoder, as our readers well knovis 
is very eager to expand our interests t'P 


March 8, 1941 



Dr. C. F. Todcr 


Tdoba, Argentine, immediately upon his 
' here shown with his wife, daughters 
eir families. 

irge of our South American work. He 
is, an opportune time. 

To our senior missionary in South Amer- 
ica and to our Lord who has called him to 
that work in our stead, the Brethren Church 
has an obligation. Dr. Yoder has served our 
denomination for years faithfully, at home 
and abroad. He has written, lectured, 
taught and held pastorates in both North 
and South America. Today he has embark- 
ed on a new field for us in that great open 
field of South America. He is calling to us 
for a more substantial fund with which to 
operate this work. He is counting on our 
Easter Offering to open the way for that 
work to go forward. Every individual and 
every local church is challenged. Do you 
know any work more worthy of your sup- 
port ? Are not the lost of South America as 
precious to Christ as the lost anywhere? 
Here is our opportunity to go forth in the 
Name that saves men from sin. Do not feel 
that the work is too small for a great offer- 
ing; how shall it become large without a 
great offering? We anxiously await your 









The world has grown old and weary under 
its burden of human woes. No longer does 
it show a readiness to rise from its shadows 
and shake them from it as a vigorous young 
giant rises and shakes off his drowsiness. 
Despair has turned its heart to gloom, the 
course of evil is running to its inevitable end 
and only Christ and Christianity remain to 
engender hope in any. Or so it seems to me. 

The Mentor. 


The Brethren Evangelist 




Reverend G. L, Maus 

Pastor of the Ardmore Brethren Church and 

N. Liberty Brethren Church of Indiana 

The very best possible way to interest people in a 
factory is to have them visit it, to see the raw ma- 
terials, to see men and women at work on the mach- 
chines, and have them explain as far as possible the 
processes, and show them the finished products. The 
writer believes the very best way, if it were possible, 
to interest people in missions would be for them to 
visit the mission fields, and to see the missionaries, 
the raw material, the processes, the products of 
missionary efforts. There is nothing like a face-to- 
face talk with a missionary on his field, to see their 
attendance at both the Sunday School and church 
service, and to get a first-hand account of their dis- 
couragements and triumphs. To those who have had 
this opportunity, we are told that it means more for 
their interest in missions than anything else. 

Such of course is impossible to most people in The 
Brethren Church. Some of these could find it pos- 
sible to visit our missions in the home land, to see 
our missionary pastors and their fine corps of work- 
ers and to note the efficiency to which these people 
have attained. This would give a lifelike touch to 
the ideas of missions, but it seems that many fail 
to take this opportunity. 

The great question is, how to get folks to invest 
in missions. When folks have funds to spare for 
investment, they usually entertain two questions. 
First, how can I get the highest returns for my in- 
vestment ? Second, where can I invest most secure- 
ly? But to those who are experienced turn the or- 
der about. Their first concern is security, their sec- 
ond is yield. To both a third is frequently added, 
namely, how can I make sure a ready exchange into 
cash, in case I need it? 

These questions receive the most satisfactory an- 
swers when we invest in missions. It is the surest 
investment. This we know because it means carry- 
ing out the program of God. Anyone who acknowl- 
edges God, is thereby acknowledging the supreme di- 

rection of affairs as in the hands of God. What- 
ever goes contrary to the will of our heavenly Fath- 
er must ultimately come to grief ; whatever is in line 
with the program of God must succeed. 

Out of this attitude of loyalty to God's plan there 
comes another factor that renders investment in 
missions tremendously worth while. This relates to 
the human side of the work. Wherever the Gospel 
of Jesus reaches a human soul, there a man is re- 
covered. He comes to himself; which means that 
he becomes what God intended him to be. The man 
who follows his own inclinations puts himself on the 
level of the brute. It is the will of God that man 
shall rise to the mark of his high calling in Christ 
Jesus. This is not possible, however, without the 
knowledge of God. This knowledge is accessible 
through the Word of God, and that Word we bring 
when we go as missionaries to either the home or 
foreign field. Paul expressed this idea long ago 
when he proclaimed the need of preaching for the 
saving of mankind. "Whosoever shall call upon the 
name of the Lord shall be saved. How, then, shall 
they call on him in whom they have not believed? 
And how shall they hear without a preacher?" Then, 
Paul says, "And how shall they preach, except they 
be sent?" 

Now, let me ask the reader, what richer invest- 
ment can there be than what serves to redeem a hu- 
man soul ? Jesus has assured us that in the sight of 
the Father one human being is of more value than 
all the treasures of the world combined. When we 
remember that God was willing to send his own Son 
into the world to suffer and die for the salvation of 
man, we believe it. But the humiliation of the Son 
of God has no value to those who never learn it. 
With us, his followers, it rests to make the death 
of Christ count in the lives of men. If this is not 
true, then his suffering and shame are as useless as 
the precious metals in the earth where no man is 
able to reach them. 

March 8, 1941 


Then another fact arises, equally important. The 
man who has been won for Christ becomes himself 
a valuably asset to the world. Our investment pays 
heavenward, and it pays earthward. When our fore- 
fathers accepted Christ, they were changed from 
useless to useful members of society. No, not 
every custom was altered at once, but the principle 
was inaugurated whereby every hurtful custom was 
doomed. Christianity means civilization. Man's 
highest capacities are brought out in the presence 
of Christ. Our missionaries are a means in the 
hands of God to transform lives, making lofty stand- 
ards that will challenge the human soul. 

Is it selfish to say that the investment is sure, in 

that treasures are laid up in heaven? Jesus gave 
that promise. The striking fact is, that those "who 
win many to righteousness shall shine as the stars 
forever and ever." Every pearl shining on the crown 
of Christ will be a source of perpetual joy to the 
Christian who fastened that pearl on that crown. 

Brethren, it pays to invest in missions with our 
money, and even more to invest our person. If you 
can't go yourself, give of your means so others may 
go. It pays to establish our Home Mission Church- 
es and to preach the Gospel there. It pays to go to 
the foreign fields and to preach the Gospel there. 
Yes, it pays to witness for the Master wherever our 
lot is cast. 



Conemaugh, Penna., First Brethren Church $ 435.25 

National Woman's Missionary Society 1500.00 

Sidney, Indiana, Brethren Church 21.00 

Johnstown, Pa., First Brethren Church 201.99 

Cumberland, Md., First Brethren Church 28.25 

St. Lukes Brethren Church, Woodstock, Va 1.00 

Mulvane, Kansas, Brethren Church 9.11 

Goshen, Indiana, First Brethren Church 5.00 

Udell, Iowa, Brethren Church 12.20 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Petrosky 5.00 

Washington, D. C, First Brethren Church 219.43 

Liberty Brethren Church, Quicksburg, Va 2.50 

Dayton, Ohio, Brethren Church 600.00 

Waynesboro, Penna., First Brethren Church 16.00 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe 10.00 

Bryan, Ohio, First Brethren Church (Foreign) .... 211.64 

Pittsburgh, Penna., First Brethren Church (Foreign) 120.04 

Manteca, Calif., First Brethren Church 37.40 

Bethlehem Brethren Church, Harrisonburg Va. . . . 58.50 

Falls City, Nebr., First Brethren Church 84.81 

Total receipts for February, 1941 $3579.12 

After All- 

Missions is the Church at Work. The field is the World. 

The first message of the risen Lord was a MISSIONARY message. 

Christ's great reason for Christian love was a MISSIONARY reason. 

The first command of the risen Lord to His disciples ivas a MISSION- 
ARY command. 

If we love the Lord with all our heart, it will not he possible for us to 
enjoy our happiness alone. "God so loved. . .that he GAVE", and God's 
love always gives. 


The man who fails to sacrifice for the cause of Christianity and 
democracy is unworthy of his heritage. Dr. Norman V. Peale. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Minutes of the 1940 Layman's Sessions 

Dr. L. L. Garber was introduced as the speaker. Due to 
the lack of time he was able only to suggest some very im- 
portant fields in which we as laymen should be active in edu- 
cating the coming generation and directing their minds and 
activities in the way of Christian education and moral and so- 
cial reform. 

Dr. Garber handed out copies of outlines of his talk and 
one is filed with this report. He then closed the session with 

Friday P. M. 

Brother D. F. Benshoff had charge of the devotions. 

Dr. Haun opened the meeting for discussion as to what the 
laymen want to do during the coming year. 

Brother Becknell, of Nappanee, spoke of the Indiana lay- 
men movement and recommended that a financial program 
be adopted and the money used for some definite project. 

Brother C. A. Shelly suggested that each church try to 
have at least three representatives present at next national 
laymen sessions. 

Brother Riner stressed the work of personal evangelism. 

Brother Hazen recommended the providing of transporta- 
tion for the people of local communities to get them to Sun- 
day School and church. 

Brother Ridenour, of Hagerstown, emphasized the fellow- 
ship of men among the various churches. 

Brother D. F. Benshoff reported on the work in his com- 
munity where the men work through their Bible class. 

It was moved by Brother Kem and seconded by Brother 
Benshoff that the laymen pass a resolution asking National 
Conference to adopt a definite forward movement for the en- 
tire Brotherhood before this conference adjourns. The mo- 
tion carried. 

The chair appointed Dr. L. L. Garber and Brethren Snyder 
and Berkshire to formulate the resolution. 

Brother Kem closed with prayer. 

Saturday A. M. 

Brother Reed Thompson led in singing "When Morning 
Gilds the Skies", "I Would Be True", and "What Did He 
Do ? " Brother Berkshire had charge of devotions. 

The secretary presented the proposal of the officers that 
we pay $50.00 to the Brethren Home for repair purposes. A 
motion to that effect passed. 

The following objectives for laymen for 1940-1941 were 

As Individuals: 

That the New Testament be read through within the year. 
As Local Organizations: 

That the Laymen consider their objective that of serving 
the church in whatever way the local needs may demand; and 
in particular that they assist the pastor in Evangelism. 

That the Laymen have complete charge of at least one 
service in the local church during the year. 

That the local group affiliate with the national organiza- 
tion, making a contribution of at least twenty-five cents per 
member to the national organization. 

Tliat each local church send one layman delegate to the 
Layman's sessions at National Conference, and furnish a re- 
port of their work accomplished during the year. 
As Districts: 

That a general promotion of fellowship be continued 
throughout the district; in particular that fellowship meet- 
ings be held throughout the year by at least ten churches. 

That Layman's sessions be held in connection with district 
As a National Organization: 

That during the coming year at least twenty-five local 
layman's organizations become affiliated with the national 

That articles by laymen and news items about the lay- 
men's work be published monthly; that there be developed 
during the year a study outline on the duties and responsibil- 
ities of laymen; that Dr. Puterbaugh and Dr. Garber be 
continued as editors to manage and supervise aforementioned 

That we request the executive committee of National Con- 
ference to give the laymen a place on the general session pro- 
gram of the National Conference. 

That we adopt a budget to include the following items: 

$ 25 for publication purposes 

$ 25 for postage and secretarial work 

$150 to employ a field man for a period of four to six 
weeks to visit local churches and assist in the or- 
ganization of Layman's work. 

After discussing the objectives separately, they were unan- 
imously adopted. I 

Dr. Garber, reporting for the special committee, presented 
the following resolution: 

The Layman's Organization of The Brethren Church re- 
spectfully request that the National Conference set up for 
the entire denomination as such, for the coming year or 
years, a definite forward-looking program, with definite and 
specific goals for achievement. 

The resolution was unanimously adopted and the secretary 
was instructed to present the resolution at the next general 
business session of the National Conference. 

An offering was received which amounted to $7.54. 

The closing prayer was given by Dr. Puterbaugh. 

A. Glenn Carpenter, Sec. 



Balance reported $3,265.(;4 

Smithville, Ohio: 

Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Mast $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Ductaman 3.00 

Alice & Maud Hoff 1.00 

Marie Winger 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dewight Miller 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Weigly 2.00 

Mary Snider 1.00 

E. L. Steiner 1.00 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ulrich Amstutz 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harvey J. Amstutz 20.00 i 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hartzler 5.00 j 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Winger 1.00 

Mrs. Maud Rutt 200.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. C. Metzger 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Crider 5.00 

Wm. Kahler 3.00 

Miscellaneous 6.50 264.50 1 , 

March 8, 1941 



Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 

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II Timothy 1:6-9 

Ofttimes there are abilities and possibilities hid- 
den away down deep in our hearts. They need some- 
thing to "stir them up." 

God has put a "gift", a possibility, in the life of 
every individual. Whether that "gift" is used for 
that which God prepared it or not depends on the 
individual himself. 

And did you note that the Scripture says, that, 
"God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness, but of pow- 
er and love and discipline"? The manner in which 
we use our gifts depends on our realization of these 


Philippians 3:13-15 

It is not easy to forget. We have a habit of living 
in the past. We fear to face the future. 

But to the Christian the past does not bear the 
relation to him that it does to the sinner. The Chris- 
tian's part is covered. It is to be forgotten and not 
remembered. God says, "I will remember your sins 
no more." 

But this is only possible when we ourselves forget 
them and "Press on toward the goal unto the prize 
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 


Revelation 22:13-17 

There is nothing that can take the place of water 
when one is thirsty. 

That is why Jesus says, "Come, drink of the wat- 
er of life." And He adds a word that tells how grac- 
ious is His invitation — "freely." 

Let us remember that He gives us this life-giving 
flow freely. Without money or without price. We 
cannot earn it. It is His gift. 



John 16:25-28 

"God's promises are built upon four pillars: His 

justice, which will not suffer Him to deceive; His 

grace, which will not suffer Him to forget; His 

truth, which will not suffer Him to change ; and His 
love, which will not suffer Him to neglect." 

God's responsive love comes for two reasons — be- 
cause we love Jesus and because of our belief in the 
fact that Jesus came forth from God. In other 
words. He loves us because we love His Son. 

Let's tell Him so. 


Mark 1:40-45 

What consolation in the gentle words of Jesus — 
"I will; be thou clean." 

From the realm of the "unclean" to the place of 
the blessed "cleansing." And all because the Master 
said, "I will." 

Someone asked Johnnie, "Why did the Lord give 
you two hands ?" After a moment the boy answer- 
ed, "One to help myself, and the other to help the 
other fellow." 

It is this other-hand-helpfulness that symbolizes 
the "I will" from the lips of Jesus. 


Matthew 23:1-12 

In this day of independence it is rather difficult 
for us to realize the full significance of the words, 
"One is your Master, even Christ." 

Rev. W. E. Moore tells this story. "A man testi- 
fied as follows: 'I was a Christian before I came to 
this service. Christ was my king, but I am afraid 
He was a constitutional sovereign and I was prime 
minister. Now He is Absolute Lord, and that has 
made a great difference in my life.' " 

Is He the Master of your life? 


John 2:1-12 

What confidence is found in the words of Mary, 
the mother of Jesus. How far the reaches of that 
word, "Whatsoever." 

Is it not a wonderful thing to think that we may 
be co-workers with our Lord? We often question 
whether Mary knew what the Lord would do. But 
does it make any difference? What we do know is 
that she had faith in His ability and knew that it 
was necessary to obey His will. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Christian Endeavor Topics For Young People 


Topic for March 23, 1941 


Scripture Lesson: Matt. 5:14-16; II Cor. 3:2, 3; 

II Tim. 1:8 

For the Leader 

Accepting Christ as Savior denotes a change in character, 
life, and conduct. From that time on we are to endeavor to 
live our "new life" in such a way that others, seeing the 
Christ-life in us" will want to accept Christ as their Savior, 
too. Making Christ attractive to those yet in sin is the vital 
process of living lives in which our actions will back up our 

The way we go about "making Christ attractive" to the un- 
saved determines the type of results to follow. We must 
"sell" people on the saving work of Christ. We are doomed 
to many heart-aches and disappointments if we use methods 
which tend to scare others into accepting Christ. In making 
Christ attractive, that is, to be desired, we must uphold His 
achievements. His power, and His love. Personal work and 
evangelism is a matter of good salesmanship. Unless we 
know the attributes of our Savior, and unless we give our- 
selves 100% to His work, we will sell little real results of our 
efforts. Discussion 

THE ATTRACTIVE CHRIST. Christ of Himself needs 
no one to make Him attractive. His beauty, majesty, glory, 
etc., all speak for Him. As we who are Christians see 
Christ, He is our glorious Savior, the Son of God, our Keep- 
er, Provider, and our personal Friend. He is revealed to us 
and should mean more to us than any other interest of our 
lives. Since we find Him to be One without whom we can- 
not live, we should earnestly endeavor to uphold Him at all 
times. Each day we face new opportunities to portray this 
attractive Christ to those who know Him only as they see 
Him revealed in our conduct. People of the world get their 
impressions of Christ by the way we live. Are we Christian 
Endeavorers standing for Christian principles and conduct in 
such a way that our friends will get the right impression of 

to ask the average individual about their idea of Christ we 
would find that many have not even given Him a thought. 
Others will tell us they think Christ is a person you hear 
about when you go to a church. The world does not know 
Christ. Yet we find most people use the name of Christ 
more frequently than we Christians do, but they use it in 
profanity. As far as the world is concerned, Christ has no 
rating. What do you think of Christ? WE should first define 
our impression of Christ; then check with what the Bible 
teaches concerning Christ, then we must be certain that 
through our lives we are giving the Biblical impression of 
Christ to the people who are out in the world. 

DEFENDING OUR CHRIST. Often times the best evan- 
gelism one can accomplish is that of standing firm on Chris- 
tian principles. We are put to a test each day. Our reaction 
to this test of our faith tells much about how much our 
Christ means to us. Too often we fall far short. When it 
comes to the matter of church work versus other activities, 
the matter of amusements, the attitude towards slams at the 
church or Christ, and our reaction or the use of profanity 
by others, we are either defending our Christ or turning 

yellow up the back. By standing firm on Christian teachings 
we v?ill win the admiration of unchristian associates. This 
will afford many opportunities to explain what it is about 
us that gives us courage to be firm for Christ. We can then 
explain Christ to those who ask. And He will be an at- 
tractive Christ for them, too. 

READ OF ALL MEN. Christian young people are more 
closely watched than any other group. First, because they 
have made a profession; second, because others want to know 
if they intend to live what they profess; and third, because 
the unchristian desire to know what a Christian young per- 
son really does do. Through this close observance of us by 
others we have the greatest chance in the world to make 
Christ attractive to them. Paul says that we are epistles 
of Christ, knovsn and read by all men, and that the message 
of Christ is vnritten on our hearts. Men don't know Christ, 
but men know our lives as professed Christians. Truly our 
lives are open books; open for inspection by the eyes of the 
world. "What if the type be crooked, and what if the print 
be blurred?" This is why it makes a difference what we 
do when we are Christians. 

member: Christ came to seek and to save that which was 
lost — the souls of mankind. 2. We have been saved through 
Him. 3. We are thus new creatures and are to refrain from 
doing things not in keeping vidth a chaste Christian life. 4. 
Set the winning of souls before you as a definite work, 
cultivating a passion for souls. 5. Do all your living and 
work ^vith meaningful prayer as a safe guard and power. 6. 
Assume the Christian attitude of love towards all men. 7. 
Avail yourselves of every chance to speak of Christ to the 
unsaved, tactfully. 8. Speak to your pastor about the specif- 
ic points in successful soul-winning. 

1. List the attractive attributes of Christ. (From group 
suggestions). Discuss ways which will best illustrate these 
attributes to non-christians. 

2. Ask your group for their personal impressions of Christ. 
Perhaps a week or two in advance of this meeting announce 
an essay writing contest on "My Impressions of Christ." 
Limit writings to less than 1000 words. (Send your prize 
vanning essays to your topic lEditor at Milledgeville, 111.) 

From the Bible 

Mark 5:18-20. A poor man had just been freed from de- 
mon control and desired to remain in Christ's presence, but 
Christ insisted that there was a work for the man to do. 
So the man was sent to his home and there he told all his 
friends about the marvelous work of Christ. His friends 
listened and marvelled. We have been freed from the de- 
mon of sin. Now we have a sincere work to do in testifying 
to our friends of this victory through Christ. Christian serv- 
ice calls for earnestness, dependability, zealousness, and con- 
stant endeavor. 

Rom. 1:16. Unworthy is that professed Christian who is 
afraid or ashamed to take a stand for Christ. The Gospel 
of Christ defends itself; we are to take this Word, be not 
ashamed of It, and go to work with It in the ministry of 
teaching the lost about Christ. In this Gospel we have the 
ONLY way to eternal life. Let us be diligent in seeing that 
all men have a chance to hear this saving Gospel. 

March 8, 1941 


Our Children's Department 



Dear Children: 

Monday, February 17, the angels carried little Ruthie to 
Heaven. She is now walking in the heavenly gardens with 
Jesus and she is happy with Him. We all deeply sympathize 
with her parents and her sister, Dorcas. Ruthie was a love- 
ly ray of sunshine on this earth and, although she was not 
quite three years old, of her own free will she had accepted 
Jesus as her Saviour and knew that she was saved. What 
a beautiful example her short life has been for us grown-ups 
as well as for you children. 

John 3:16. 

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only be- 
gotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not per- 
ish, but have everlasting life." 

I imagine every boy and girl knows John 3:16. If you do 
not know it, please memorize it at once; it is one of the 
great verses in the Bible. Jesus spoke these words and He 
knew of what He was speaking, for He was and is the only 
begotten Son of God. 

Together Jesus and His Father God created the heaven 
and the earth. They covered the earth with grass and trees 
and flowers, put the animals on it, the fish in the sea, and 
the birds in the air. 

"And God said. Let US make man in OUR image, after 
OUR likeness." God and Jesus made man in their image, 
they also made woman and gave them dominion — complete 
authority — over everything else They had made. 

I wish you would also commit to memory John 1:1-3. 
[ "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was 
I God and the Word was with God. 
I The same was in the beginning with God. 
' All things were made by Him (Jesus); and without Him 

iwas not anything made that was made." 
These verses show you that Jesus was the Creator. 
Everything would have gone well in the world if the peo- 
ple living on it had believed and obeyed God, but they did 
not. Sin came into the world and man would rather do evil 
than good. 

1 God saw that the vnckedness of man was great in the 
I earth, so He sent a great flood that entirely covered it. The 
only man who believed in God was Noah, so Noah and his 
family were saved from the flood. 

Years went by and again man became very wicked and 
forgot God and His goodness. God had promised never to 
send another flood on the earth. He loved the people and 
did not want to destroy them; He wanted to save them. He 
sent godly men to warn them to repent of their sins; but 
they would not. At last God sent His Son whom He loved 
jabove everything else. 

One can imagine that God talked it over with His Son Je- 
sus and that Jesus said He was willing to come to this earth 
to save the people from their sin. 

Jesus did come to this world. He left His beautiful home 
in Heaven and came down here below. He clothed himself in 
a body such as ours, so that He would suffer all that we hu- 
mans suffer. He went about the country telling of His Fath- 
er in Heaven, healing the sick, and comforting the sad. 

The four gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — tell 
of Jesus' life on this earth and the things He said. They also 
tell of the great thing He did for us; how He allowed His 
enemies to hang Him on the cross. There was nothing that 
these wicked men could do to hurt or wound Jesus that they 
omitted. They had turned away from the most loving, the 
most gentle, the most patient friend who ever came to this 
world, the friend of every man from the highest to the low- 
est. Jesus never did anything but good, still they crucified 

Jesus gave His life so that v.e might live eternally, that is 
have everlasting life. He gladly gave His life for us, now 
what is our part? All He wants us to do is to believe on 
Him; accept Him as our Saviour. 

If you love Jesus and have accepted Him as your Saviour, 
and I believe you have, in place of the word whosoever in 
John 3:16, write your ovm name. 

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only be- 
gotten Son that who believeth 

on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 
With love, in Christ's Name 

Aunt Loretta's Friend, 

513 Bowman St., 

Mansfield, Ohio. 


HOUSER-SPRING— On Tuesday evening, January 28, 
1941, at the home of the bride's parents, occurred the mar- 
riage of Miss Mary lEllen Houser and Mr. Lionel A. Spring. 

The single ring ceremony was read by the writer in the 
presence of relatives of the bride and groom. Both of these 
young people are members of the Udell, Iowa, Church, and 
are active workers in the young people's organization. 

Cecil H. Johnson. 

LEMERT - BERGSTROM. Mrs. Carl Bergstrom was 
Miss Fredonna Lemert before her marriage on Saturday 
morning, February 22, to Mr. Carl Bergstrom. The marriage 
too place at the home of the her parents at Koontz Lake, Ind. 
The single ring service was read by her father, Rev. 0. C. 
Lemert. 0- C. Lemert. 


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Our Brethren In Every City 3 

If Our Denomination Advances — Rev. L. V. King 5 

For Us In South America 7 

Another South American Representative 8 

A Good Time to Promote Kingdom Interests — 

Rev. William E. Overholtzer 9 

"I Trust that We May Have ?30,000 Next Year"— 

Dr. C. F. Yoder K 

Missions, Our Richest Inheritance — Rev. G. L. Maus .... 12 

Missionary Offering Report for February 1941 13 

Minutes of the 1940 Layman's Sessions (concluded) .... 14 

Publication Offering for New Building 14 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) 15 

Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 16 

Our Children's Department 17 

Dayton Decision— W. S. Bell 18 

Dayton, Ohio, Sunday March 2, 1941 

auditorium was filled with a most loyal membership who be- 
lieve in The Brethren Church and its cause. Having "put 
their hands to the plow", they refused to turn back and quit 
their task. 

The unfavorable decision of right to church property they 
refused to accept, and unanimously decided to place the case 
before the Court of Appeals. Believing the issues involved 
were too great to be left to an unfavorable decision of a 
"Trial Court" of one judge. 

In going to Court of Appeals means that the decision of 
the lower court vnll be suspended and that the case will he 
considered by the three Appeal Judges outside of Mont- 
gomery County and will become their case for consideration 
and decision. 

By the decision of the lower court, any individual Brethren 
Church is absolutely independent in government and could 
sever all relationship with the denomination and conduct its 
work separately and be a law unto itself. It would be pos- 
sible under this construction to have as many conferences, 
institutions, boards as there are churches, if the individual 
churches saw fit to do so or any group of churches so minded. 
This to us is anarchy, under such a confusion as might arise, 
there could be no denomination or future for an organized 
work. It would be left to the caprices of men and changed 
by any ambitious leadership who could influence a mere ma- 
jority to his congregation to take sides with him. This we 
do not believe is the government of the Brethren denomina- 
tion, hence an appeal. — Tlie Brethren Church defined the 
limitation of the local congregation by a resolution passed by 
General Conference in 1887, which reads as folloivs: "It is 
the sense of this convention, that the Apostolic idea of Con- 
gregational Church Government relates alone to tlie inci- 
dental affairs of tlie local congregation and not to doctrinal 
practices and tenets which must be general or universal, the 
same in all congregations, the doctrinal conditions of mem- 
bership in one condition in every oth-er." It is and always 
has been our understanding that the local congregation has 
the right to conduct the affairs and business of the congre- 
gation as the majority may determine, but is under obliga- 
tion to support the decisions of its conferences. National and 
District under whose administration the general work of the 
denomination is carried on. THIS WE STILL BELIEVE. 

"GO FORWARD" IS OUR SLOGAN. Our future is as 
big as our faith and dedication to His work. There is a won- | 
derful future before us and we propose to build our work 
stronger and more efficient. To have in Dayton a church 
that the city and the denomination will be proud of. The 
field and the harvest is here to gather if we are willing to 
meet the challenge and work. This I believe we will do. We 
have passed through trying days and have met its problems 
heroically. We have a membership of over 400; our finances 
are good, with good size balances in all our treasuries with 
all obligations paid. We have a central place to worship with 
every convenience. All departments are well organized. We ' 
have a standing in the city and with all the cooperating i 
church organizations. We have passed through the period of 
reconstruction and organization and now plan to enlarge, 
build up our church and go forward. Our experiences have 
only made us stronger and brought us closer together and 
to God. 

W. S. Bell. 

March 8, 1941 


"Easter in America arrives at a 
time when Nature blossoms forth in 
resurrected life; this should te for 
The Brethren Church a period of like 
activity in our missionary efforts." 

Freeman Ankrum. 

"Our fathers triumphed through 
faith in the living God. Present con- 
ditions almost stagger us, but He is 
faithful who has promised." St. John 
16:3.3. W. C. Benshoff. 

"We are not worthy of the name 
Brethren and be stingy in our giving 
for the spread of the Gospel." 

C. A. Stewart. 

"The Lord's hand is outstretched. 
And 'the earth is the Lord's and the 
fulness thereof.' " Martin Shively. 

"Easter signifies Risen and Abiding 
Life. Evangelism and Missions signi- 
fy a Living Church. Generous Mis- 
sionary Gifts signify Lively Members." 
Frank Gehnian. 

"Far away from war torn Europe, 
among our neighbors in South Ameri- 
ca is a splendid opportunity for serv- 
ice. Let us make our Easter offering 
liberal." W. E. Ronk. 

'If we take Missions seriously we 
vill prove it by our offering on Easter 
Sunday." G. L. Maus. 

"Brethren people have always been 
missionary — and Brethren people have 
always proved it at Easter time." 

U. J. Shively. 

It Should Happen Here 

in MY church 

. . . that we join with the entire Brotherhood, Wednesday, April 9th, in THE GREAT DAY OF 
PRAYER. God still honors praying churches. 




Wu,. H. 


The Brotherhood Prayer List 

1. That the Spirit of God may touch every Brethren Church with the Easter Passion. 

2. That the Great Commission of our Lord may not be overlooked in our own hearts and church- 
es "Go ye therefore into all the world . . . and preach the Gospel". 

3. For Dr. Yoder and our work in South America at Cordoba, Rosario, Buenos Aires. 
For our workers there, Dr. Yoder, Adolpho Zeche, Jose Anton. 

4. For the work at Stockton, California, where Frank Gehman is laboring that God will raise 
up funds for their much needed building. 

"We are personally contacting everyone possible this week here in the District and interested friends 
elsewhere to see if we cannot obtain enough gifts to pay for the building as we go, since it is not large . 
and the estimated cost is $1200 (if enough donated labor can be used). .One hundred twenty friends giv- 
ing an average of ten dollars apiece would make that. We expect a number of gifts from outside the 
District. Our whole program is definitely handicapped until we can get a building." 

5. For the work at New Kensington where Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert are carrying on until a 
full time pastor can be secured. 

6. For the District Mission Boards that God will guide in their decisions and efforts and visions 
for His work. 

7. For the 36 joung Seminary students at Ashland who are preparing to serve our Lord in His 
great Saving program. 

8. For the Genei-al Secretary as he touches all of the Brethren Chuixhes and holds meetings and 
solicits funds to carry forward our great Mission works in North and South America. 

9. For the Brethren people who have been ejected from their churches and need our assistance 
and prayers and help. 

10. For the Boards of the Denomination that God may use each of them in outstanding ministiies 
this year: Sunday School Board, Publication Board, Missionary Board, College Board. Benev- 
olent Board, Sisterhood Board, Christian Endeavor Board, Woman's Missionary Board, 
Layman's Board, Ministerial Boai-d, and Boys' Brotherhood. 

11. For the District and National Conferences that the Will of the Lord rule in all things. 

12. For my own pastor and church that soul winning and very definite work may be done for 
Christ this year. 

13. For my own Easter Offering. 

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t^ol. LXIII, No. 11 



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March 15, 1941 

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The Brethren Evaxigelisl 

The Brethren Evangelist 

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Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 


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Ssptember 3. 1928. 


HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING to the splendid pro- 
grams of the Music Department of Ashland College as the'j 
have been broadcast over WMAN at Mansfield, Ohio? Thes< 
programs come in clear for a considei-able distance and ar( 
well worth "fishing" for. The time is Tuesday evening f ron 
7:30 to 8:00 o'clock. The programs are varied with speak 
ers from the College faculty from time to time. 

THE FOLLOWING IS GLEANED from the bulletin of th< 
First Brethren Church of Pittsburgh, Pa. We quote 
"DOUBLE DAY DOUBLED in a fine way. Many were faith 
ful and contacted the persons assigned to them. Others 
brought 'extras'. There really was a lot of effort put fort! 
to work the Double Day plan. The result — It worked. Th( 
offering quadruplied, amounting to more than $26.00. Th( 
attendance shot upward giving evidence of many successfu 
contacts. Seventy people working this plan for one montl 
would give us an attendance of which we could be proud 
The plan originated ^vith Mrs. Sibert, but the important thinj 
is THAT IT WORKED." It might be well for some of oui 
other churches to find out something about this plan. W( 
are sure that Brother and Sister Sibert would have no objec 
tion to you trying it and would even be glad to tell you abou' 
it further. 

WE ARE TRYING to bring the matter of the Layman': 
work before the church because it is in reality, the work o: 
the laymen that counts for big things in the activity of thi 
church. The plans and purposes that have been outlined b; 
the Layman's Association should become a part of every lo 
cal organization. And there should be a local organizatioi 
in every church. The work of the Lay MEN is altogether a: 
important as that of the LayWOMEN. The women hav 
caught the vision of concerted effort in their Woman's Mis 
sionary work. The Laymen should have the same vision. 


Interesting Items 2 

Editorial— W. E. R 3 

The Cheerful Giver— Rev. C. A. Stewart 4 

Indiana as a Field for Brethren People — 

H. E. Eppley 5 

Brethren Missionary Program — Rev. Claud Studebaker . . 6 

Ohio Pastor's Retreat — Program S 

To the Church at Pergamos Write— Dr. C. F. Yoder ") 

Our Children's Department 10 

Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 11 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) lli 

War, Race Fiends and Inferior Races — Dr. L. L. Garber 13 

Among the Churches 11 

Publication Offering for the New Building 16 

KEEP THOSE "POST CARDS" coming. Is it not re 
markable how much you can get on a post card in the wa; 
of "News"? And we are constantly getting letters tellinj 
us how much the readers enjoy these Up-to-the-minute new 

Have you sent it in to Rev. L. V. King, at Oakville, Indiana 
Or maybe you have not received this offering in your church 
A communication from Brother King says that the offer 
ings are just beginning to come in. Remember he is report 
ing the names of the first ten churches to send in their of 
fering. If you are isolated from the church where you holi 
your membership, you can send your offering to Brothe 
King, telling him the church to which you belong, and h 
will add that amount to the record of that congregation, 


ed in this issue. We are trusting that these offerings wil 
be sent in as rapidly as possible in order that we may kno\ 
what the entire offering will amount to in the very near fu 
ture. We appreciate the personal gifts that have been mad 
and feel that there are many more who have been thinkin; 
seriously about this matter. There should be more people i: 
the brotherhood who are interested in giving gifts of $100.0 
to $500.00. Won't you think seriously about this? j 



L Ambassadors For Christ 

In the Corinthian letter, Paul says "Now then we 
ire ambassadors for Christ...." An ambassador 
s a minister of the highest rank sent from one gov- 
imment to another to establish and maintain friend- 
y relations between God and man, that is, he is sent 
)y Christ to win men to God through Christ. This 
s our highest mission as MINISTERS, but just as 
Tuly every child of God is a minister of God in this 

This ministry assumes the fact of sin, that man 
las been alienated from God, that diplomatic rela- 
;ions, so to speak, have been broken off. The rav- 
iges of sin are evident on every hand, in the wars 
)f the world, in the faces of sinful men and women, 
)ut none the less it may crouch at our door too, in 
bitterness and strife and in vain glory. How thank- 
ful we should be for the marvelous grace of Christ. 

The Church As An Ambassador 

The individual's personal responsibility as an am- 
)assador can not be denied, if any one should so de- 
ire ; but at the very beginning of the Christian Era 
he Church was established on divine authority as 
,n agency for the spread of the Gospel. Any church 
I'hich denys or neglects this great privilege and ob- 
Igation will find herself faced with failure at home. 

The Missionary Board of The Brethren Church 
as been provided as an agency, to care for the in- 
|erests of the Church in Missions. Easter is almost 
[ere, and this is the time of the year set apart for 
iiissions in other lands. Our pioneer missionary 
;l/ork is in South America with continuously new op- 
ijortunities opening up. If we ourselves cannot go, 
%e can pay that others can go, and we can also pray 
'br the work. Let us do our best at Easter Time. 

General Church Interests 

We are in constant danger of making "pets" of 
ur particular church interests, with one group puU- 
«ig for the College, another for the Publishing 
louse, another for the Seminary, another for Mis- 
ions and others for other interests. Now then we 

are ambassadors for Christ, all of us, with all of our 
general interests. Our ministry is to reconcile men 
to God. God has done His part, will we do ours ? 

The New Building 

We have been more than pleased with the splendid 
response to our appeal for gifts for the new build- 
ing. The response shows a genuine interest in the 
project. We still have additional gifts which ar- 
rived too late for this issue of the Evangelist. 
Thank you Brethren, this is just fine! 

Perhaps there are some Brethren of means, who 
would care to make gifts on the Annuity Plan, with 
the distinct understanding that the gifts be used for 
the Building with the Publishing Company paying 
interest during the life of the doner. We would be 
glad to receive a limited number of gifts on this 

We are hoping to start actual construction on the 
Building in the near future. Our plans must be ap- 
proved by the authorities in Columbus and this 
takes time. We are anxious to begin as construction 
costs are rising rapidly. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

While the gifts for the New Building have been 
coming in so well, renewals for the Evangelist are 
arriving much slower than last year. We have been 
compelled to drop a large number of subscribers 
from the list with this issue of the paper. We were 
very sorry to do so, but there was no other way. We 
GIFTS for operating expenses, so that it is very im- 
portant that our subscription list be kept up. Some 
individuals are paying for their own paper and gift 
subscriptions for a number of other individuals. Let 
us make a special effort to send in renewals and new 

For your support in this matter, we thank you in 
advance. Speaking of the Evangelist, was not the 
last issue, the Missionary number just splendid? 
Thanks, Brother Klingensmith. W. E. R. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The Cheerful Giver 

Rev. C. A. Stewart 

¥"T T HEN we speak about a "Cheerful Giver", we 
\\/ do not mean someone who gives freely to 
everything and to everybody without 
thought or consideration of the individual or the 
purpose for which the gift is made. To be a cheer- 
ful giver does not mean a careless and wasteful 

If there is anything taught in the Word of God, 
it is Stewardship. Every child of God is held re- 
sponsible for the way he uses his substance. One 
of the great sins of this age among the Christian 
people is the misuse of their money. It is a sad fact 
that Christian people will make a big cry when 
pressed very hard for money for the church and the 
spread of the Gospel. At the same time they spend 
money for things they do not need in the home or 
for themselves for entertainment, or something else, 
and permit the work of the Lord to suffer. 

When approached for money for the work of the 
Lord, a large percentage of the people will spend 
much time in telling about how nearly they are 
bankrupt, and that the church is a begging institu- 
tion and always wanting money. They remind us 
of the man that was suing for divorce, and who on 
the witness stand testified that his wife was a 
spendthrift, and every time he went away from 
home she asked for money. The judge asked him 
what she did with so much money. His answer was, 
"I don't know because I never gave her any." That 
is quite typical of so many professing Christians to- 

Paul tells us that, "Every man according as he 
purposeth in his heart, so let him give ; not gruding- 
ly or of necessity ; for God loveth a cheerful giver." 

2 Cor. 9:7. A cheerful giver is one who feels that 
all he has belongs to the Lord. He feels very keen- 
ly his stewardship, and when it comes to the work 
of the Lord, he does not need any "cork screw" 
methods used on him to get him to give. He will 
give cheerfully. It is not cheerful giving if we give i 
only because the church is in need and we feel that 
it is a charitable institution and that out of sym- 
pathy we should give a few dollars. 

We should not give because of necessity. Some i 
people wear out too many pencils trying to figure 
out how they should give in order not to give any 
more than any one else in the church, or to give just 
enough so there will not be any money left in the 
treasury after the bills are paid. This is not cheer- 
ful giving. 

Paul told the Corinthians that "Upon the first day 
of the week let every one of you lay by in store, as 
God hath prospered him, that there be no gathering 
when I come." This was in regard to a collection 
for the saints. It was an offering for benevolences 
and that the Gospel might be spread. Can we say 
there is no need for such giving today ? The tix)uble 
is we accept the prosperity which from the 
hand of God and misappropriate it. We apply it to 
to our debts or purchase something else with it and 
the work of the Lord can go begging. 

God set a standard for giving for the Jews. It 
was a tithe. This was under the law, but under 
grace and Christian liberty, dare we give less than 
what they were compelled to give ? Some claim that 
we are not requii'ed to give the tithe. Of course not, 
but we are required to give more than the tithe. We 
should give as God hath prospered us and give it 
cheerfully. Jesus rebuked the scribes and the Phar- 
isees for boasting that they gave a tithe when they 
disregarded the weightier matters of the law. But 
concerning this Jesus said, "Ye ought to have done 
these, and not to have left the other (the tithe) un- 
done." While that is perhaps a standard, yet that 
is not enough. We must give as the Lord hath pros- 
pered us. 

It is little wonder that we sometimes do not have 
anything to give, because we have robbed God and 
did not give as God prospered us. When the oppor- 
tunity presented itself we did not give cheerfully. 
If we gave at all, we did it grudgingly and sparing- 
ly. Or we took that which belonged to Him and 

March 15, 1941 

bought something for ourselves and then argued 
that we were paying out the tithe. We did not 
"render unto God the things that were God's and un- 
to Caesar the things that were Caesar's." We took 
it all for Caesar or ourselves, and then expected the 
Lord to prosper us. 

It should not be necessary to try to convince 
Christians to give cheerfully and concerning the 
amount they ought to give if we read the Word and 
then give as the Holy Spirit directs. If we do not 
try to justify ourselves for not giving, the cause of 
Christ will go with leaps and bounds. We should not 
try to figure out how little we can give and thus get 
by, but how much we can give. Then give it cheer- 
fully. If we "sow sparingly," we shall "reap spar- 
ingly". If we "sow bountifully", we shall "reap 
bountifully". It ought not be necessary for some- 
one to come and ask us to give, for we should give 
willingly and cheerfully. 

We must not loose sight of the fact that all the 
rewards the Lord wants to give us are not received 
in this life, and we ought to stop in the busy round 
of life to compare time with eternity. God gives us 
all these blessings and wants us to use them for 
Him. But if we appropriate them all to our own self- 
ish desires, we cannot expect any interest on them 
in eternity. The Word tells us, "Eye hath not seen, 

nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart 
of man the things which God hath prepared for 
them that love him." I Cor. 2:9. So how much we 
shall receive then will depend upon how much of a 
reserve we build up here. If God blesses us here 
with the ability to accumulate wealth and we use it 
all for ourselves, or we give grudgingly and sparing- 
ly as though we had to give to appease an angry 
God, and not give because we love Him and want to 
see His work go forward, the work will drag along 
and not prosper, and God cannot mark up to our 
credit the rewards he desires to give us in the fu- 

The church has suffered because of miserly and 
penny-pinching methods for her support. As long 
as we drop a few pennies in the collection plate and 
watch them disappear down the line and then look 
at the usher as though we ought to have some inter- 
est on it, we cannot expect much of the church. But 
the Christian and the church that moves forward is 
the one that gives what belongs to the Lord and 
with a cheerful spirit. 

Our prayer is that The Brethren Church will lift 
her eyes to the hills from whence she receives all her 
strength, and give herself and substance for the 
glory of the Lord. 

Bryan, Ohio. 


Indiana as a Field for Brethren People 

In considering Indiana as a field for Brethren peo- 
ple, surveys must be made in several directions to 
determine if it is a field, or to what extent it may 
be a field. Indiana has many churches divided 
among many denominations. Therefore, on what 
grounds may Brethren people claim Indiana as a 

A field pre-supposes the following requisites : prep- 
aration of soil; seed; seed-sowing; cultivation, and 
harvest. If Brethren people in Indiana possess any 
one of these requisites to a greater degree than 
other religious bodies within the state, then the 
state becomes a field for them. 

Brethren people possess special religious seed not 
being sown by others. This seed is sometimes re- 
ferred to as "The Distinctive Doctrines of the Breth- 
^ ren Church." These doctrines are: baptism in water 
I by triune immersion ; laying on of hands ; anointing 
I the sick ; the Holy Communion service, embodying 
the washing of the saints feet, the Love Feast, and 
I the Eucharist ; the holy kiss ; non-swearing ; and 
non-resistance. These doctrines are not sown 

Rev. H. E. Eppley 

(taught) by all religious peoples. They are clearly 
set forth in the New Testament. Brethren people 
DO accept them; they DO practice them; and they 
DO teach them. 

Since these doctrines are not taught by all denom- 
inations, and since they are taught in the inspired 
Word, and since the command is to teach the Word, 
any locality where these doctrines are not taught 
becomes a field in which to teach them. 

Since the Church of the Brethren teaches these 
doctrines it will be considered in the survey of the 

There are 36 Brethren congregations and 111 
Church of the Brethren congregations in the state. 
Indiana is divided into 92 counties. If these 147 
congregations were distributed evenly by counties 
there would be one and a half churches to each 
county. The average population per county is 35,- 
772. Therefore, each church and a half would have 
35,772 people's hearts in which to sow this precious 
seed. Is the field being sown? 


The Brethren EvangeUst 

Let us try another survey. There are in Indiana 
396 towns, each with a population of 500 or more. 
Any town having a population of 500 people with a 
rural surrounding such as is found in Indiana is a 
field for at least one Brethren Church. If we de- 
duct the 147 churches now sowing this precious seed 
from the 396 towns there remain 249 towns with 
their rural surroundings, unoccupied, and not being 
sown with this precious seed. Could this be con- 
sidered a field ? What an opportunity for seed-sow- 
ing ! What a challenge to those in possession of this 
precious seed — the Word! Paul wrote to Timothy 
this exhortation, "Preach the Word." II Tim. 4:2. 
The value of this precious seed is given by Jesus in 
Matt. 24:35. "Heaven and earth shall pass away, 
but my words (the seed) shall not pass away." And 

finally He places the obligation for sowing upon* 
those who have the seed and states the authority by 
which He does so. "And Jesus came and spake un- 
to them, saying, all power (authority) is given unto 
me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and 
teach all nations, (the Word) baptizing them in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatso-< 
ever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you 
alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28: 

As long as there is one community in Indiana in 
which these specific doctrines, the seed, is not being 
sown, it is a field. There are now at least 249 such 
communities. Shall we move in and do a little seed- 
sowing for the Master? Winona Lake, Indiana 

Brethren Mission Program 

Rev. Claud Studebaker 

We are assuming the postulate, "The Brethren 
Church is fervently missionary in spirit." We ac- 
cept the command of our Lord, "Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." 
(Matt. 28:19). Also, "Go ye into all the world and 
preach the Gospel to every creature. He that be- 
lieveth and is baptized shall be saved." (Mk. 16: 
15, 16). We are firmly convinced that the one gi'eat 
task of the church is to witness the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ, which "Is the power of God unto salvation 
to every one that believeth." This is the missionary 
work of the church. The matter of distance is of 
little importance so far as the urgency of the work 
is concerned. We are to begin at home (Jerusalem) 
and extend this work to the Uttermost part of the 
earth." There are many Missionary Societies in 
this country that carry on their work under no 
church. They are undenominational or interdenom- 
inational, as you please to designate. A number of 
them are sponsored by various Bible Institutes or 
other similar organizations of Christian men and 

women with missionary zeal from various churches.) 
The Christian and Missionary Alliance started out 
as an organization to carry on a missionary work, 
with splendid leadership, and appealed to members of 
all churches to join them in a great Missionary task. 
The movement has resulted in another church 
among the denominations, with a gi'eat Missionary 
program. I attended a convention in Pittsburg. 
For that district they raised $20,000 at one after- 
noon meeting in open and hilarious solicitation. We 
have no criticism for any of the various missionary 
organizations, whether denominational or otherwise, 
that are true ministers of the Gospel of Christ. 

However, The Brethren Church has some very dis- ' 
tinctive emphases that must be included in our Mis- 
sionary preaching and teaching, else we repudiate 
our own foundation, in seeking to be too broad in 
our interpretation of the Scripture. The Commis- 
sion under which all missionaries go forth, includes 
the very definite statement, to baptize those who be- 
lieve this Gospel, and in a very definite way. Now, 
no one can doubt that baptism in water is involved. 
The Brethren Church from the very beginning and 
all down through her history has insisted that God's 
Word is final authority. Obedience to that Word is 
the one sure evidence of faith and love. When 
Christ our Lord said, "He that believeth and is bap- 1 
tized shall be saved"; when Peter, under the mira- 
culous power of the Holy Ghost said, "Repent and be 


March 15, 1941 

baptized every one of you for the remission of sins, 
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost;" 
when Philip said, "If thou believest with all thine 
heart, thou mayest. (Be baptized)— I believe that 
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. . . . down into the 
water ?nd he baptized him;" when Paul said, that 
Ananias said unto him at his conversion, when he 
was blind and praying for three days, "And now 
why tarriest thou ? arise, and be baptized and wash 
away thy sins calling on the name of the Lord;" and 
many other Scripture references which might be 
quoted to give evidence of the importance of Chris- 
tian baptism in receiving the grace of God unto sal- 

The history of the church for almost twenty cen- 
turies has recorded many and various teachings on 
the importance of baptism in water, but the plain 
word of God stands out in all its power, whether 
spoken by Christ or His holy apostles. It is writ- 
ten for our instruction and constitutes the Gospel of 
salvation in itself. The opinions of men, whether 
they be profound theological reasonings of great 
minds, or decrees of ecclesiastical heads, make little 
difference. God's Word is life and power. "He 
spake and it was done"; "By the word of the Lord 
were the heavens made". Man cannot analyze the 
process, but he can believe. Man cannot fathom 
the depths of the marvels of salvation by God's 
gi"ace, no matter how astute may be his reasoning, 
but he can believe and be baptized and be saved. I 
know there will be a host of men remind me of their 
knowledge of salvation by grace, and that baptism 
has nothing to do with it. Such was the criticism 
of the founders of our church. However, they be- 
lieved that when God spoke in His Word, men were 
to obey. "Wash and be clean", made washing an 
essential. God could have said, "Be clean", and left 
out washing, but He did not. Christ could have said, 
"He that believeth shall be saved, but He said, "He 
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." What 
shall we do about it ? It is in our missionary creden- 
tial. Shall we look for some place where it is not 
specifically pointed out and s?.y it is not essential? 
What is the use? Christ has spoken His eternal 
, Word and all of our keen logic does not remove it. 
i I am convinced that the religious world needs, more 
than any other truth, to learn, "We ought to obey 
God rather than men." We are only cleansed by the 
Word, when we obey the Word. Christ made it very 
I plain that the DOER only met His approval. 

I do not assume the role of judge of other men 
and churches and missionary programs, but am 
convinced there is a great missionary task for The 
1 Brethren Church, if she will preach her full gospel, 
I with her historic emphasis on OBEDIENCE, 
i whether it is BAPTISM, FEET WASHING or any 
! other of our distinctive practices, which are held in 
1 disdain by many who boast of their fundamentalism 

and missionary zeal. Those who would be leaders 
of our church, but who compromise our stand on 
OBEDIENCE, can only weaken our church and 
eventually change it to a more popular and liberal 
interpretation. This would be defeat of The Breth- 
ren Church for which our fathers sacrificed great- 
ly. Brethren Churches can only be established by 
preaching Brethren Doctrine ; which is every funda- 
mental doctrine of the Bible with literal obedience 
to all the commands of Christ. Brethren preachers 
can only be adequately trained in a Brethren Sem- 
inary. Interdenominational schools find it impossi- 
ble to teach baptism by triune immersion and ob- 
servance of the Lord's Supper as we conscientiously 

If the Brethren Church is to grow at home and 
abroad she must be administered by men who are 
well grounded in our distinctive faith. Furthermore 
she must have a membership that will sacrifice for 
their faith, both in loyal service and generous giv- 

If it matters little to you about the obedience to 
the commands of Christ which our church has em- 
phasized, then you can as well be a member of any 
church or no church, and accept any baptism or no 
baptism. You may keep the Communion any way 
or ignore it altogether. Again we are not judging 
any person who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and 
Savior, but we are saying without a distinctively 
Brethren Missionary Progi-am, we shall not build 
Brethren churches, at home and abroad. 

However, we have a program of Missionary work 
that should stir the hearts of our people and cause 
them to dig down in their pockets for gifts which 
truly represent their ability to give. The Mission- 
ary Board of The Brethren Church which is entrust- 
ed with both the Home and Foreign Mission work of 
the church, and is directly responsible to the Gen- 
eral Conference of the church, has launched an ag- 
gressive program of missionary work. Rev. J. Ray 
Klingensmith, one of our most capable and conse- 
crated young pastors and evangelists, has begun his 
work as full time secretary under the Board. He 
plans to visit all of our churches, to be a sympathe- 
tic counselor, to present the great and vital interests 
of the church, to give information and inspiration, 
do some evangelism. We want every church to feel 
he and the Board are your friends. We shall be glad 
for your suggestions, we want your prayers, we need 
your most whole hearted support. Dr. Yoder, with 
his rich experience in South American mission work, 
is doing splendid work and we should have a splendid 
Easter offering for this work. South America is 
probably our best foreign mission field at this time, 
when war is raging in the Eastern Hemisphere. 
Surely the war torn world, with its awful conflicts 
of personalities seeking domination and power. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

should rebuke the church and bring her to her knees 
in humility. The Brethren Church has a great mes- 
sage for this lawless age. The call to obedience cer- 
tainly is needed in these days of anarchy. The spir- 
itual chaos is probably as great as the matei'ial con- 
fusion. The great number of sects and groups call- 
ing themselves churches, with the resulting con- 
flicts, surely should make the Brethren appreciate 
more and moi'e the wisdom of our fathers, when in 
a time of spiritual turmoil and theological wrang- 
ling they sought out the Word of the Lord and hum- 
bly obeyed it, with no dependence on merely an in- 
ner experience, which has led to many excesses in 
the church, even by good people. There is nothing 
can displace the Word of God. Obedience to His 
Word assures our salvation and gives joy and peace 
which passeth understanding. Brethren, if you ap- 
preciate your heritage, give your fullest support to 

Goshen, Indiana 

Ohio Pastor's Retreat 

Ashland, Ohio 

March 26 and 27, 1941 
Wednesday afternoon, 2:00 o'clock 
Song service and devotions 
"Membership Growth — Stopping the Leaks" 

C. A. Stewart 

"Membership Activity — Stopping the Leaks" 

H. H. Rowsey 

"Membership Stability — Stopping the Leaks" 

W. S. Bell 

Wednesday evening, 7:30 o'clock 

Devotions and song service 

"The Minister as Priest" L. E. Lindower 

"The Minister as Prophet" M. A. Stuckey 

"The Minister as Pilot" W. E. Ronk 

Thursday, Breakfast Hour 
8:00 a. m. 


Fellowship Breakfast 

"The Ministry of the Minister's Wife", A. E. Whitted 
"The Ministry of the Minister's Habits" 

S. J. Adams 

"The Ministry of the Minister's Program" 

E. M. Riddle 

Wednesday morning session 
9:30 o'clock 

"District Conference — Its Purpose and Challenge" 

C. C. Grisso 

Round Table Discussion — Subject: 

The District Conference Program led by 

C. C. Grisso 
10:30 o'clock 
"Topical Preaching" F. C. Vanator 

11:00 o'clock 

"Textual Preaching" Martin Shively 

The Spring Minister's Retreat will be held at the 
Park Street Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. 
Ministers of adjoining districts are cordially invited 
to fellowship with the Ohio Ministers and their 
wives in this event. 

J. G. Dodds, 
W. E. Ronk, 
F. C. Vanator, 



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One can be personally liberal or generous 
in his attitude toward those who differ in 
opinions, yet retain completely orthodox and 
fundamental views of his own. It is a sad- 
ly mistaken notion that being personally lib- 
eral necessitates being theologically liberal. 
Orthodoxy could profitably distinguish be- 
tween the persons and the views of modern 
heretics. Or so it seems to me. 


March 15, 1941 


The Editors Speak 


Dr. C. F. Yoder 

The third message of Christ from Heaven to the 
churches is directed to the church at Pergamos. Per- 
gamos is a town in Asia Minor, the country in which 
most of the churches of that time were located. Sev- 
en typical churches are chosen to receive messages 
adapted to them and to all other churches in their 
same spiritual condition. 

The first message was to the church at Ephesus 
to warn against the peril of losing the enthusiasm 
of their first love. The second message was to 
Smyrna to encourage this martyr church, and all 
other martyrs, with the remembrance of the re- 
wards which await those who are faithful unto 

The third message is directed to a church in which 
a group has ignored the first two messages. It had 
not only lost its first love but had acquired a love 
for the world. It had accepted both the doctrine of 
Balaam and that of the Nicolaitanes. The first 
"taught Israel to sin" by joining with the Midianites 
in fornication and idolatry. Balaam is the father of 
those who love the reward of sin. The Nicolaitanes, 
from the meaning of the name "conquerors of the 
people", seem to have fomented clerical authority, 
which reached its climax in the Papacy. 

These two examples show what false teachers in 
a church can do. They sow the tares which become 
a pest for all generations. The loss of separation 
from the sins of the world will inevitably lead to the 
worship of the god of the world with all the abom- 
inations of idolatry. 

It is probable that this apostolic church in Per- 
gamos became the example which served as a warn- 
ing to the church everywhere because when Baby- 
lon, the ancient center of idolatry, fell, Pergamos, 
in the Roman empire became heir to images and 
priests who continued this worship and propagated 
it. Here the serpent was worshipped. Perhaps this 
is one reason why Pergamos is called the place 
"where Satan's seat is." However, there is also an- 
other reason why this expression should be used. If, 
as I believe, these seven typical churches represent 
also successive periods of the church, thus giving 
us a prophetic fore-view of church history, then 
Pergamos represents the period beginning with the 
domination of the Roman bishop, now called the 
"pope", over the entire church. The alhance of 
church and state had taught the church the arts of 
the emperors who were the puppets of the "prince 
of this world." This period was therefore the prep- 
aration for the rule of the pope in the city of the 

emperors. The church was sitting in the seat of 
civil power, and this led in due time to the inquisi- 
tion and the use of force to extend its power. 

The spiritual condition of the church in Pergamos 
is further indicated by the reference to the two- 
edged sword proceeding out of the mouth of the 
prophetic image of Christ (ch. 1:16). The sword 
is the symbol of judgment ?nd judgment belongs to 
Christ, but in this period the pope and clergy as- 
sumed the role of judges. They began by judging 
faults or crimes attributed to the clergy, but went 
on to assume authority over kings and peoples of 
the world. The fact that the sword proceeded from 
the mouth of the Lord indicates that his cause is not 
to be propagated by violences, but by teaching. It 
is the sword of the Word of God that has been plac- 
ed in the hand of the church. Antipas may have 
been the first martyr killed by the Nicolaitanes. 

The church which left the position of a pure vir- 
gin awaiting the coming of the bride groom to ac- 
cept the position of a queen, reigning with the god 
of civil power, is called upon to repent. From the 
message following, to Thyatira (vs. 21) we learn 
that the church did not repent, and a stern an- 
nouncement of judgment is the consequence. That 
announcement is repeated in Rev. 17:16-18 and is to 
be executed by the ten horns of the Roman beast in 
the final drama of the age. 

Tlie church with greater light has greater re- 
sponsibility than the world, and it is therefore writ- 
ten that "Judgment must begin with the house of 

But the majority of the believers at Pergamos 
were faithful and to these overcomers was given the 
promise of the hidden manna and the white stone. 
The hidden manna is the true bread of life, which is 
Christ, in contrast with the meat offered to idols of 
the apostate group. This meat is anything that is 
allowed to take the place of Christ. As Christ's 
meat was to do the will of the Father, so the sinner's 
meat is to do the will of Satan. When the church, 
to not offend the world, gives up things the Lord 
commanded, or, to please the world, does things the 
Lord prohibits, it is eating the meat that perishes 
instead of the manna of life eternal. 

The white stone is also a symbol. It was given in 
places to persons accused, as a witness of their ac- 
quittal; or to slaves set free, as a witness of their 
freedom. But it was also a symbol of purity, the 
white raiment of the saved, which is the righteous- 
ness of Christ with which they are clothed. The 
holiness without which no one may see God. 

The new name is the new life of the regenerate. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

They are new creatures in Christ Jesus and no one 
but those who have it can understand the glory of 
Christ who is our life and hope of glory. 

The church in these last days is sorely tempted 
to follow the world so as not to be called "a peculiar 
people". It is not called to be peculiar in the sense 
of "eccentric", but it is called to belong to Christ 
and not to the world. When it becomes ashamed of 
him and his way of life it is no longer worthy of 
him. If it does not abide in him he will not abide in 
it. Whether backslidden or never converted there 
is no eternal security for the one who persists in wil- 

ful sin after having received the knowledge of the 

But if the faithful in Pergamos could remain 
faithful even where Satan had his seat, so may the 
faithful today remain faithful until the end in spite 
of all the new temptations that have been devised. 
The hidden manna which the world cannot receive 
and the white stone with the new name which the 
world cannot know, is worth the sacrifice of every- 
thing else. Blessed are the overcomers who hear 
what the Spirit says to the church. 
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Our Children's Department 



Dear Children: 

The gospels tell us of very many wonderful deeds that Je- 
sus did while He was preaching and teaching among the peo- 
ple of the Holy Land. To this day we call Palestine the Holy 
Land because Jesus the Christ once lived there and trod its 
hills and vales, sailed upon its little lake and often stood be- 
side its foaming river. 

The very best verse in the Gospel of John says: "And there 
are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if 
they should be wrritten every one, I suppose that even the 
world itself could not contain the books that should be 

1 remember when 1 was a litle girl, even before I could 
read, how I liked to look at the Sunday School picture card 
of Jesus bringing to life the son of the widow of Nain. The 
seventh chapter of Luke tells about this miracle. Jesus was 
entering the city of Nain when He met a funeral train com- 
ing out. On a bier was the body of a young man who was 
the only son of his mothei-, and she was a widow. Jesus pit- 
ied the poor, mourning mother, spoke to her son, and he sat 
up and began to speak. Jesus delivered him to his mother 
and they, with all their friends, went home rejoicing and 
praising God. 

Then I wondered how Jesus could raise people from the 
dead, but as I grew older and studied my Bible more, I real- 
ized that if He could form man, in the first place, from the 
dust of the ground and breathe into his nostrils the breath of 
life, He could surely bring life to that body again after the 
soul had gone out. I also observed that He did all His mir- 
acles to glorify His Father in Heaven. 

I would like to talk about so many things that Jesus did 
while He was on this earth, but we will be satisfied with two 
more miracles today and perhaps more some other time. 

The great crowds so closed in about Jesus and His dis- 
ciples that they had no time to eat or sleep. They took a 
little boat and went out upon the sea and Jesus, with His 
head on a pillow, lay down and fell asleep. A great storm 
arose. The ship rocked about and seemed as if it would sink 

beneath the waves, but Jesus still slept. Then the disciples 
came and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us. We perish." 
Jesus said, "Why are ye fearful. ye of little faith?" 

Then He spoke to the winds and sea and said, "Peace, be 
still." And there was a great calm. 

One night when the winds were contrary the disciples were 
again out in a little boat tossing up and down upon this 
stormy sea. Jesus was not with them. It was between mid- 
night and dawn when they looked across the boiling waves 
and saw One walking upon them as if the waves had been a 
floor of glass. They were afraid, but a voice they knew 
called over the waters: "It is I. Be not afraid." And, as 
He drew nearer, they saw that the One coming to them was 
indeed their Master. Peter cried out, "Lord, if it be Thou, 
let me come to Thee on the water." Jesus bade him come. 
At first Peter stepped on the waves with confidence, but pre- 
sently he lost his faith and began to sink. Jesus put out a 
hand and caught him saying, "0 thou of little faith. Where- 
fore didst thou doubt?" For Peter had cried, "Lord, save 
me or I perish." 

Jesus stepped into the boat with them, taking Peter with 
him by the hand, and the wind and waves grew calm. 

One little word is repeated over and over in all these stor- 
ies of Jesus. It is the word faith. Those who had faith re- 
ceived blessings from our Lord. Do you know what it is to 
have faith? Perhaps I can tell you. It is he feeling you 
have when your mother promises you something you want 
very much. You know the father and mother can do what 
they say they will. You do not think for a moment that 
they will ever disappoint you. If you are ill and the doctor 
comes, when you see his kind face beside your bed you feel 
sure that he will soon make you well. This is faith. This 
same faith we must have in Jesus Christ, who came to save 
His people from their sins and to save the whole world. 
Whatever He has said He will do. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta's Friend, 

513 Bowman St., Mansfield, Ohio 

March 15, 1941 


Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 


For March 30, 1941 


Scripture Lesson: I Peter 3:15-18; Col. 4:6 
For the Leader 

Perhaps we have often asked ourselves, "In this matter of 
bringing other people to Christ, where do I fit in?" Or per- 
haps we feel that our Pastor is suposed to do all the work of 
"getting new members." However, it is true that each Chris- 
tian is to be engaged in the work of soul-winning. It so 
often happens that people have inborn "fears" of a minister, 
and besides, we are better acquainted with our own town 
people. So we have plenty of work to do. 

We v/ill soon discover that people have excuses and ob- 
jections to becoming Christians. These "objections" range 
anywhere from "self-righteousness" to "accusations against 
church members." We want to consider a few of these to- 
night; more could be mentioned. Our success as a soul- 
winner is determined by the way in which we meet all ob- 


to see how we live our Christian life. Many times their ob- 
jections center on examples of worldly living on the part of 
professed Christians. We can't undo such examples of world- 
ly living on the part of professed Christians. We can't un- 
do such examples, but we can give an example of good Chris- 
tian living on our own part. By our Christian deeds and 
virtues we can influence others for Christ. 

result from ignorance. It is always true that the non-Chris- 
tian is ignorant of God's plan of redemption because, if he 
were informed on these things, he would immediately become 
a Christian. Such is the power of the Gospel. Christian En- 
deavorers can overcome sinner's objections by teaching the 
truth about Christ. 

saved sinner, and someone was seeking to lead me to Christ, 
I would resent it if that person "preached" to me and 
threatened me with eternal punishment without first endea- 
voring to win my confidence. I would not want them to 
think themselves to be superior to me. I would respond 
quicker to a feeling of understanding and of personal in- 

happy nor satisfied with his life. Such is evident when we 
see that the sins of yesterday are not sufficient thrills for 
today. New and deeper sins must be committed. We can 
often turn men from sin by giving them the great promises 
of God's Word. We must show them what the Christian life 
promises them' in place of their present sin-life. 

some who will try to compromise and ask us to agree with 
them on statements which would lower the standards of the 
Christian faith. If we agree with their statements we have 
lost our case. The truth of the Bible is evident; there is no 
change in the method of salvation. We must tactfully stand 
firm for Bible teaching. 

have all seen poor, destitute people who are afraid they are 
now too weak to make a "good Christian". To these we can 
explain the power of Christ which can enter a life and make 
it strong. Many have tried to be Christians and have fail- 
ed. These we can help by speaking words of encouragement 
and faith. 

type of sinner will excuse himself on the gi-ound that others 
in the church are not living up to their profession. He may 
also base his hopes of Heaven on the fact that his mother 
or his sister was a good church member. In this case we 
must come right to the point and explain that no one else 
can answer for us. We must point out that eternal salva- 
tion is a personal matter between each of us and our God. 

saved person is usually sensitive about making a confession, 
and a lack of understanding of the particular case may cause 
a harening of that person's heart against Christ. Far bet- 
ter to try to understand the person's problem, and, rather 
than scare them or antagonize them, seek to solve their dif- 
ficulty by presenting the proper Scriptures, and through 

To be effectual soul winners it is first necessary that we be 
filled with the Spirit of God. This comes only through 
prayer. We are witnesses of Christ upon the earth. Cer- 
tainly we must do our work with the power of prayer behind 
us. Half of a battle of a job is preparation. Prayer is a 
major part of our Christian work. This is God's work in 
which we are engaged; our work will see more victory if we 
consult God for advice and help. 

example, for He quoted Scripture to those who would tempt 
Him or argue with Him. The Bible is full of verses which 
will answer all the objections of the unsaved. Small folders 
are always available which list the most common "objec- 
tions" and Scripture verses which answer them. 

It is only natural for the sinful spirit of man to avoid 
God's plea. Under the guidance of the Spirit of God let us 
humbly use the Scriptures to teach them. 

Suggestions for a Successful Program 

In these notes we have listed only a few of the objections 
which are raised daily by the unsaved. Your group can 
mention many more. Give time for plenty of discussion on 
all these points. 

A fine project for your gi-oup: Write to Keith L. Brooks, 
2003 Addison Way, Los Angeles, California, and order 103 
"Personal Worker's Outfits" at $.75 per 100. These are 
little folders listing some most important reasons given by 
the unsaved for not coming to Christ. It also lists many Bi- 
ble verses as answers. Make a general distribution in your 
church of your 100 folders. 

"An advertised meeting is an attended meeting." Round 
up a "Local artist" in your grroup. Put up a poster each 
week with name of leader and topic. Talk to your Pastor 
about a special C. E. ad each week in his bulletin. He will 
be only too glad for your announcement. Make it short and 
to the point. 


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Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 



Psalms 145:14-21 

Prayer is the heart of the Christian hfe. Rev. 
George H. C. MacGregor sent out seven missionaries 
from his church and had started to win seven more 
when he passed away; and yet he said, "I would 
rather train one man to pray than ten men to 

Prayer is the loftiest, most magnificant and won- 
derful thing man does. When you pray today try 
to think in terms of the closeness of the Master. 


Mathew 4:20-22 

"And they straightway left their nets and follow- 
ed Him." This is also true of James and John whom 
He soon found and in a similar manner summoned 
to service. 

These men had much to leave, for they were 
well-to-do, but they immediately left the ship and 
their father, and followed Him. 

Obedience, if it is real, will be prompt and instinc- 
tive. It will not stop to ask questions. 


II Peter 1:5-8 

Truly the experience of all Bible lovers proves 
that the Scriptures build up. Bible study builds up 
the mind. The Bible contains the most lofty philos- 
ophy and the deepest morality. 

The Bible, while building up the mind, builds up 
the soul also, and that is its supreme glory. It not 
only convinces, but it also convicts and inspires. It 
makes men better as well as wiser, and thereby 
makes them truly strong. 

Get your strength from God's Word. 



Mark 6:35-38 

A little girl was once gathering the crumbs from 
the table to feed the birds. The maid who was in 
the room said, "0 Miss Dolly, God feeds the birds. 
You need not trouble about them." 

"Yes," said Dolly, seriously, "But I like to help 

We wonder sometimes whether we are seriously 
trying to help God or not. More times than we real- 
ize thei"e is a necessity of doing "little things" to 
help Him. 


Mark 10:46-52 

A little boy was born blind. At last an operation 
was performed; the light was let in slowly. When, 
one day, his mother led him out of doors, and un- 
covered his eyes and he saw the earth and the skies 
for the first time, he cried "0, mother! Why didn't 
you tell me it was all so beautiful?" 

His mother burst into tears, and said, "I tried to 
tell you, dear, but you could not understand me." 

That is the experience of the one who is in spir- 
itual blindness — in the darkness of a life of sin. 


Mark 8:34-38 

In "The Cross Bearer", a little book published by 
the American Tract Society, is a series of illustra- 
tions from French pictures showing the right and 
wrong way of bearing a cross. 

One picture represents the disciple as sawing off 
a part of his cross. He would bear the cross, but 
the one Christ gave him is too heavy. Another is 
dragging his cross behind him, ashamed of it; while 
a third is kneeling before his, worshipping it. 

But one comes behind the Master bearing his 
cross exactly as did the Savior, walking in the Lord's 

How do you bear your cross ? 


I Corinthians 9:24-27 

A little girl gave her father the most important 
condition of physical well-being when, in answer to 
his question, "What was the minister's text?" she 
replied, "Keep your soul on top." 

When he asked her to find the text, she found that 
it read, "I keep my body in subjection." But her in- 
terpretation was fine. 

He who keeps his soul on top will find that he has 
succeeded in "keeping his body under." A sound 
soul goes far toward making a sound body. 


March 15, 1941 



War, Race Fiends and Inferior Races 

Dr. L. L. Gaiber 

The present World War may culminate in the greatest 
tragedy of human history. This war, as most wars, had a 
number of causes, but one of the chief causes of this and of 
the preceeding World War was a false belief, a false philos- 
ophy, a "defeatist philosophy", racism, promoted especially 
by the "race fiends". 

A "defeatist philosophy" is a misleading, false, fundamen- 
tal belief that hinders one's usefulness, chills his sympathy, 
thwarts his higher hopes, and sours "the milk of human kind- 
ness" in the breast of its victims. 

In a former article I showed how defeatist philosophies 
prevent good men from helping in greater causes, how thev 
they stifle efforts to correct long-standing evil habits in so- 
ciety, how they suppress the "hope that springs eternal in 
the human breast," and at present block the way to pro- 
gress in many lines. 

Specifically I related how certain noble-minded ministers, 
whom I have known and loved, had their usefulness crippled, 
their work shortened, their memories blighted by the erron- 
eous and fatalistic belief in an "inherited, unchanging hu- 
man nature," and how certain splendidly zealous and other- 
wise intelligent women had run head-on against a stone wall 
of discouragement and defeat by meeting this same mon- 
ster defeatist error in their thinking. In this present article, 
I want, so far as possible, to dispel from your thinking and 
feeling a still more vicious anti-Christian, anti-social, anti- 
democratic defeatist error, "racism". 

What is "racism"? Racism is first a belief in a distinct 
plurality of races, usually with the anti-social war-breeding 
implication that a certain race or certain races are "super- 
ior", and hence by nature priviledged and justified in domin- 
ating and disposing of their less fortunate human (or in- 
human) brethren. 

How many races? The old geographies listed five: the 
white, the black, the brown, the yellow, the red: a classifica- 
tion, you will observe, based on color, which, as you know, 
"is only skin deep". One holding this superficial five-color 
classification usually readjusts his thinking when he comes 
upon Brinton's scholarly classification. These point out 
characteristic distinctive differences which might yield two, 
five, nine or more races as you will. 

Modern race classifications, whether brachycephalic or 
dolicocephalic, ulotriches or lissotriches, or etc., usually al- 
lege certain differences in intelligence. Out of this supposed 
difference of intelligence has grown racism, with its depreci- 
ation and disparaging of certain races as a hinderance to 
civilization and an assumed laudable, praiseworthy, and 
"holy effort" to rid humanity of this menace to social safety, 
high social culture and enduring progress. During the clos- 
ing years of the 19th century, this defeatist belief received 
a mighty impulse from certain German materialistic philoso- 
phers. These inspired the effort (Me und Gott) to pan- 
Germanize civilization, have culminated in Hitler's effort 
both to exterminate the Jew along with certain other "in- 

ferior I'aces", and to remake the world according to a new 
model which is to eliminate both democracy and Christian- 
ity, since both recognize the equality of man. 

Happily, the belief in superior-inferior races is on the way 
to swift extinction among intelligent thinkers. "Nordic Non- 
sense" has been shattered by expert psychologists, biologists 
and historians. It was formerly alleged that certain races 
have superior memories, reason in superior fashion, and have 
more will power; but this contention has likewise been over- 
thrown. Granted I get my brain from my parents, it does 
not follow that I get from them the innumerable stimuli, 
good and bad, which shape, organize, direct and determine 
the sentiments, ideals and activities that constitute its pro- 
duct. It is not heredity that converts the "Blooming con- 
fusion" of disoi'ganized and contradictory impulses of the 
child mind into the moral idealist, the accurate and profound 
reasoner, the wise and dependable, self-controlled leader. 
These qualities come only through cultural contacts, in which 
the children of all races may share and rise to praiseworthy 

Modern science fully sustains the democratic contention 
that, in the large, there are no inferior races. The only 
places where belief in superior races, "Biological defeatism", 
still flourishes are in Germany and Italv. But "there is no 
evidence that anv racial group or social class has an->' more 
intelligence than any other. There are more variations in 
hereditv among individuals of a gi'oup than among any social 
or racial group," asserts a famous eugenist, whose last book 
"demolishes the last remnant of racism", as a scientific bio- 
logical theory. 

Psvchological facts, tending to demolish the belief in su- 
perior races or classes, are numerous and equally convincing. 
During the first World War intelligence ratings of the Chi- 
cago Negroes were collected and compared with the intelli- 
gence ratings of the "Lily White" Nordics of the South. 
These Negroes exhibited superior intelligence. Certainlv, 
this superior intelligence rating does not prove that the 
Negroes are superior to the "dirtv white trash", but it does 
suggest that, with eaual cultural opportunities the Negro 
race would not fall behind the average of other races. 

In a rather recent year, a number of women in a western 
state adopted a group of orphan children to bring them up 
in the proper form. After some years, these foster-mothers 
developed a fearful anxiety as to whether thev had been 
duped in the allotment of these offspring of semi-criminals, 
laggards and shadv women. The intelligence tester was call- 
ed in to take their intelligence rating. The expected pre- 
pondrance of sub-normals and twisted personalities did not 
appear; the children rated well up to the average and includ- 
ed several of superior intelligence. 

There are no inferior or superior races or classes; but 
there are superior and inferior personal endowTnents. In 
Nature's lottery, some of us draw low numbers, in which 
cases, as everywhere, it is our opportunity and high duty to 
do the best we can, which doing is always splendidly good 
and in final achievement often far surpasses our fondest ex- 

All efforts to prove, by manipluation of historical facts, 
the contentions of the "race fiends" have likewise failed. The 
facts of history prove beyond question the equality of the 
races. "Haughty Greece and insolent Rome" and all that 
from their ashes come "tend to show that races and nations 
exhibit high general intelligence only where there are su- 
perior cultural opportunities. Could the great Roman, Ju- 
lius Caesar, an outstanding figure among the great poets, 


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orators, and jurists of all time, who looked down with proud 
disdain upon the ignorant Germans of North Western Eur- 
ope, now look down upon their descendents, he would ob- 
serve a mighty civilization, renowned in letters, music, art, 
science and manufacture, but now also mighty and ruthless 
as a military people, pluming themselves as the "superior 
people" destined and commissioned, while exterminating and 
subduing lesser and inferior races and peoples, to make 
themselves the dominating race of the world. 

Could Augustus Caesar, of this same mighty Rome "that 
sat on her seven hills and in her glory ruled this world," 
now study and evaluate a civilization established and car- 
ried forward by the Angles and Saxons, barbarous tribes 
from this same ignorant German Fatherland, he would mar- 
vel at achievements far surpassing his proud Rome in all 
cultural, material and military arts, and embracing approx- 
imately one-fourth of the territory of the habital globe and 
one-fourth of the world's teeming millions, of all kindreds, 
tongues and peoples. 

What of the Japanese? Men now living may relate how, 
during their lifetime, a small-statured, dark-skinned, disre- 
garded, semi-civilized "inferior people", under the impact of 
cultural contacts opened to them by an American adventurer, 
developed a power, an intelligence, a prestige that challenges 
the great nations of the globe in economic and political 
achievement. Are the Japanese an inferior people? Thous- 
ands of them have graduated from American colleges and 
universities with creditable records. One university profes- 
sor, testifying to their commendable industry and zeal for 
learning both at home and in America, avers that "they are 
our equals in every respect." 

What of the Japanese? During long centuries the German 
barbarians of Northern Europe accumulated, developed, in- 
vented arts and sciences and perfected a great and powerful 
civilization, which, with much reason, demanded a "place in 
the sun" as the most worthy to be imitated, preserved and 
perpetuated. During the centuries savage Germanic tribes, 
the Angles and Saxons, from Western Europe, settled in the 
little Island of Britton, and there accumulated, invented, ex- 
panded similar elements of a great civilization; but in ad- 
dition developed a passion for freedom, which through the 
centuries "slowly broadened down from precedent to preced- 
ent" and spread throughout the world its Magna Charta and 
Bill of Rights, fundamental elements of democratic liberty. 
In contrast with Germany and Britton by a swift and eager 
absorption of American and European cultural elements, 
Japan has astonished the world by her phenomenal rise to 
greatness and power in less than a century. 

Growth in civilization is a matter of Nurture rather than 
of Nature. In merely animal life, biology is of immense im- 
portance, but it is of neglible importance in social and moral 
life. Eminent Dr. Ogburn says, "Biological change of the 
last two thousand years has been exceedingly slight, while 
cultural change has been extraordinarily gi-eat." 

Thirty years ago the writer of this article, in a chapel ad- 
dress, ventured to approve and justify the New Testament 
statement, "God made of one stock all the races of men." 
(Acts 17:26). He is now happy in the knowledge that the 
New Testament is fully justified by the facts, which facts 
likewise support Kipling's familiar lines. 

"The Colonel's lady and Mary O'Grady 
Are sisters under the skin." 

Conclusion: All haters of war, all proponents of peace and 
democracy, of social advancement and Christianity, should 
help to dispel from the minds of men the false, wax'-breeding, 
"defeatist doctrine" of inferior races. 

Ashland, Ohio 

MICHAEI^-Mrs. Herman Michael, 48, of the Mt. Olive 
Congregation departed this life to be with the Lord, Feb. 12, 
1941. Mrs. Michael was born in this community where she 
lived most of her life. She was the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. James Bateman and is survived by them, her husband 
and children and brothers and sisters. Most of the family 
are members of this congregation. Mrs. Michael had been a 
faithful member for years. She was a woman of fine Chris- 
tian character, well loved and respected by the community. 
The funeral services were in charge of the writer, assisted 
by the Rev. Homer J. Miller, pastor of the Mill Creek Church 
of the Brethren. Interment was made in the McGaheysville 

John F. Locke. 

Among the Churches 
Post Card Publicity 

Flora, Indiana. The Christian Endeavor of The First 
Brethren Church of Flora presented the four act play, "Fol- 
low Thou Me", on Sunday evening, February 23rd. It is a 
rather difficult two hour play, but after five weeks of prac- 
tice, the cast carried it through like professionals. We had 
a full church for the occasion, including the balcony and the 
Sunday School rooms. We had spared no expense in cos- 
tuming and lighting and we thank God for such a fine testi- 
mony of willingness and loyalty which our young people have 
shown, even during a busy season. 

We are now looking forward to starting our two weeks 
special services on Sunday, March 2nd. Rev. J. Ray Klingen- 
smith will be with us for this period of rejoicing. We hum- 
bly seek your prayers and God's blessng on these services. 

A servant of Christ. 

Vernon D. Grisso. 

Carleton, Nebraska. Just a post card at this time to in- 
form you that we are in the midst of an Evangelistic cam- 
paign with Miss Emma Aboud as the evangelist. She arriv- 
ed on the 15th of February, coming from Mulvane, Kansas, 
where she had completed a successful series of meetings. 
Indications are that we may expect a very heart-warming 
time and one of most spiritual refreshment. We pray that 
this may be a great soul saving occasion. Miss Aboud uses 
different costumes each night, representing those used in 
Palestine. She also has other objects on display from that 

Many people of this community are availing themselves of 
this unusual opportunity that has been afforded us. We 
solicit prayers of the entire brotherhood in these efforts. 

Mrs. E. E. Lichty. 

March 8, 1941 


Vinco, Pennsylvania. Since our last report two adults 
have been baptized and received into the church. The offer- 
ings for local and denominational support are indeed encour- 
aging. Brother J. Ray Klingensmith was with us on Janu- 
ary 29th, and addressed the congregation and also a special 
meeting of young people. A Girls' Gospel Team from Ash- 
land College will give us a varied program on Sunday eve- 
ning, March 9th. Nature has been very generous with ven- 
ter scenes in this locality and we are thrilled with them each 
day. C. Y. Gilmer, Conemaugh, R. 1. 

Elkhart, Indiana. Our meetings, led by our pastor, Broth- 
er Delbert Flora, have come and gone. 

This intensive effort resulted in strengthening the church 
spiritually, as well as leading men, women and children into 
the Kingdom by baptism, reconsecration and by letter. 

All who know Brother Flora know that his messages were 
both inspirational as well as Bible teaching. He stresses 
deeper Christian living in every day life, the essental factor 
in soul winning. Interest and crowds were good. 

Edna Nicholas. 


The three Woman's Missionary Societies of the Conemaugh 
Brethren Church held their Day of Prayer Service January 
16th, in the church auditorium. The women invited, and 
were very fortunate in being able to obtain. Rev. J. Ray 
Klingensmith as our guest speaker. We were led, through 
the message, to think of our own prayer life and why we are 
not able to accomplish more in Christ's name. This was a 
most stirring sermons. 

The program was as follows: 

Electric guitar prelude Dick Leidy 

Hymn "O Master Let Me Walk With Thee" 

Scripture read by Mrs. Harry Vickroy 

Music meditation . Dick Leidy & Mrs. Earl Aurandt 
Season of prayer closed by Mrs. Annie Rorabaugh 

Saxaphone solo Shirley Horner 

Accompanied by Phyllis Flick 
Poem — '"My Daily Prayer" Mrs. Annie Rorabaugh 
Vocal Solo .... "In the Secret of His Presence" — 

Mrs. John Wissinger 

Prayer season closed by Gladys Gillen 


Message Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

Benediction , 

The Prayer Band secretaries. Miss Erma Amigh, Mrs. An- 
nie Rorabaugh and Miss Hazel Rodgers planned this pro- 
gram. Miss Rodgers also acted as pianist and Mrs. Walter 
Wertz had charge of announcing. 

Many of the neighboring Brethren worshipped with us, 
and we all enjoyed the fellowship of Rev. and Mrs. Klingen- 
smith and Janet Lee. 

Following the meeting the W. M. S. met and decided to 
have their Mother and Daughter Banquet at Alwines Priva- 
dine on May 12. The treasurer, Mrs. Ray Rodgers, was in- 
structed when to send the Home Mission Offering which 
amounted to $435.25. We are happy to say there will still 
be some added to this amount. The yearly election of joint 
officers took place with Mrs. Walter C. Wertz elected Pres- 
ident, Mrs. LaVere Rorabaugh, Vice President, Miss Violet 
Fisher, Secretary, and Mrs. W. Grant Knavel, Treasurer. 

At the last meeting of the Junior societies two new mem- 
bers were added to the Jr. W. M. S. No. 2 and one new mem- 
ber to Jr. W. M. S. No. 1. 

Some have given to the Publication Offering and we pray 
many more may see this great need, and then give to it. 

We petition your prayers and pray that we all might grow 
in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
In His service, 

Mrs. Walter C. Wertz. 


On January 5, Dr. and Mrs. L. O. McCartneysmith began a 
series of evangelistic meetings in the Brethren Church here. 
The effort closed on Sunday evening, January 19. 

Those who know Dr. McCartneysmith are acquainted with 
the high grade preaching ministry he conducts. His sermons 
are clear and positive in character and in reach of every one. 
A wide acquaintance and travel experience goes far to en- 
rich his expositions of the Word of God. This writer has 
greatly enjoyed every sermon he has been privileged to hear 
from the lips of this gifted preacher of The Brethren Church. 

The music of the meeting was ably directed by Mrs. Mc- 
Cartneysmith. Our people appreciated the solo work of Mrs. 
McCartneysmith as well as the many duets she sang in com- 
pany with her husband. The congregational singing was 
ably directed by this talented musician. 

There were children's meeting conducted immed'ate after 
the close of school. Mrs. McCartneysmith conducted these 
meetings with good success. She is a specialist in child 
evangelism, not only in understanding child psychology and 
the art of teaching singing, but also in presenting the basic 
doctrines of the Bible to children. This work was much ap- 

The results which God was pleased to grant us numbered 
19 confessions of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and three 
reconsecrations to a more faithful fellovi'ship with the Lord. 

The McCameysmiths stayed at the parsonage. The pastor 
and vidfe enjoyed their stay with us. It is always a privilege 
and a blessing too, to have fellowship with God's servants. 
Our lives were enriched by their presence with us. 

This writer happens to know a little of the opportunities 
open to these servants of God. They have been very unself- 
ish and generous in their service for Christ and The Breth- 
ren Church. They have labored in fields where financial re- 
ward was almost eliminated and have done this service will- 
ingly. At present, they are answering a call to work of 
evangelism in another denomination. They are never with- 
out work which of itself is a testimony to the quality of their 
work and also to their unselfish devotion to Christ and the 
Gospel. We have found them to be friends that we would 
not wish to lose, but to cherish in thought and to hold up in 
prayer. May God bless them and keep them for the service 
of rescuing lost souls. R. F. Porte. 

Dear Evangelist Readers, 

We held two weeks meeting at McLouth, Kansas, where 
the Church of the Brethren and ours hold service together 
in the same building and have the same pastor who is of The 
Church of the Brethren, Brother John Bowers, a fine young 
man — thank God they gather in unity. Their former pas- 
tor. Brother Bremmel, is head of the high school and partly 
through him and one of our own members I spoke twice in 
the school and many of the people were won for the Lord, 
as they stood one by one till nearly all accepted the Lord. 
Praise God for that. Sister Bowers with whom I stayed was 
a saint, who by the way belongs to us and her husband to 
the other church, and it is her son who is the pastor of both. 


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Several of the families are so connected. Another member 
of our church is a school teacher, his sister too teaches in 
another school, and so through him. Brother Don Kimmel, 
whose father is a judge, we had three schools meet for an 
afternoon where we talked. 

Many of the town people of other churches attended, but 
owing to the bad weather the roads were very bad, thus half 
of the time people could hardly get out. On the whole I 
think our people were glad we visited them. Two are to be 
baptized. May God bless and prosper our peopl ein McLouth. 
We closed there and came to Mulvane, Kansas, where we 
opened Sunday, January 26 and by God's grace will continue 
until February 9th. 

Here, too, the weather has been against us and the roads 
bad, that is the roads from the farm homes to the main road 
which leads to our church. We are praying that God's help 
and blessing may rest upon us. There are several of our 
people not coming to church and backsliders and sinners to 
be won for Jesus. The great need I find is a pastor to 
shepherd this lovely flock. They have been without one for 
two years since Brother Elmer Keck left. They would like 
to have a Brethren one as the pastor who comes on Sundays 
from Wichita belongs to the Fundamental Baptist Church 
and goes to their school yet. If any one is interested they 
could write to Sister Davis who is secretary. As they have 
not had Communion for two years we are going to hold one 
Saturdav, February 8th at eight o'clock. If anyone of like 
faith is in the vicinity they will be welcomed by this group. 
Our church here is about five miles in the country, outside of 
Mulvane and is called the Bethel Brethren Church. 

Please pray for a mighty outpouring of God's Spirit upon 
us all. 

In His service, 

E. M. Aboud. 



We are glad to present herewith a further report 
of the Publication Day Offering. Under date of 
March 1, the Ashland Church offering should have 
listed the names of Rev. & Mrs. Cla-t'ton Berkshire 
$10.00. The amount was added but individual credit 
was not given. 

Balance as last reported $3,530.14 

Ashland, Ohio: (Additional) 

B. F. Zercher, Sr 20.00 

Canton, Ohio: 

Arlene Bechtel $ 2.00 

Mrs. Harry Bechtel 3.00 

F. E. Clapper 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. R. Clapper 5.00 

Isaiah Fockler 2.00 

Mrs. Ella Guittar 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. G. Guittar 2.00 

Mrs. J. A. Guiley 5.00 

Mrs. W. H. Gloss 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Herbruck 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. R. King 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. P. H. Krall 5.00 

Evelyn Miner 1.00 

Mrs. T. J. C. Noland 4.00 

Mary Noland 1.00 

James A. Noland 1.00 

Odessa Smith 1.00 

Inez Summers 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Watkins 1.00 

Family Circle Class 25.00 

Miscellaneous .85 78.85 

Dayton, Ohio 145.75 

Flora, Ind 27.55 

Johnstown, Pa. Third Church: 

Onward Circle Class 5.00 

Friends of Ruth Class 5.00 

Woman's Missionary Society 5.00 

Catherine Benshoff 5.00 

Mrs. D. F. Benshoff 5.00 

D. F. Benshoff 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. S. Crick 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Benshoff 2.00 

Mrs. L. S. Stutzman 1.00 

Miscellaneous 2.00 37.00 

North Liberty, Ind.: 

Mrs. B. H. Flora 50 

Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Hay 2.00 

Mrs. E. Shrader .50 

Barbara West 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. M. Mannrow 2.00 

Mrs. Alice Gauser .25 

Mrs. Mary Ligget .25 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Price 2.50 

Miscellaneous 6.00 15.00 

Mary Reiger, Falls City, Nebr 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Keil, Mansfield, Ohio 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Carrithers, Mansfield, Ohio .... 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Miles 2.00 

Mrs. H. W. Robertson, Strasburg, Va 1.00 

Merle W. Snyder, Los Angeles, Calif 10.00 

College Corner, Ind 3.00 

Roanoke, Ind 3.50 

Fred J. Stalker, Pittsburgh, Pa 2.00 

Total reported to date $3,878.79 

We are certainly delighted with these splendid 
gifts, and feel certain that the total amount will go 
well over the top. If your gifts have not been sent 
in, kindly do so as soon as possible. Thanks! And 
thanks for the gifts. W. E. R. 

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Interesting Items 2 

Further Analysis of the Dayton Decision — Dr. W. S. Bell . 3 

What Value Christianity ?— Dr. G. C. Carpenter 4 

Some Outstanding Experiences in a Ministry of 

Fifty-five Years — Dr. Martin Shively 5 

More Information for Conscientious Objectors 6 

Can We Call It Missionary Work? — 

Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman S 

The Minister and Youth — Rev. Frank Gehman 9 

Our Children's Department 10 

Christian Endeavor Topic for Young People 11 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) 12 

Publication Offering for New Building 13 

Among the Churches 14 

Important Information Concerning the New Brethren 

Publishing Building 16 


WORD FROM DR. RENCH tells us that Mrs. Rench has 
been confined to the Hospital in Goshen. But he sends the 
word that she is improving. Remember her in your prayers. 

us of the fact that Dr. Charles A. Bame, one of our editors, 
has been compelled to resign his work in the South Bend 
Brethren Church because of ill health. 

Temporarily he is staying at the home of his brother, Dr. 
S. R. Bame in Carey, Ohio. We trust that he will soon be 
entirely recovered in health and that he will again be able to 
assume pastoral duties. J 

WE CALL YOUR ATTENTION to the back page of this' 
Evangelist. You will find some information concerning the 
New Building which you will find both vital and interesting. 
Read it carefully and then, if you have not already done so, 
send a contribution to the Brethren Publishing Company. I 

College Day" was observed in the Vinco Church on March 
9th. The speaker was announced as Dr. M. P. Puterbaugh, 
Dean of Men of Ashland College. A Girls' Gospel Team 
from the College had charge of the evening service. 

BROTHER ELMER KECK, pastor of the North Vander- 
grift Brethren Church was a caller at the office of the editor 
this week. He tells us that the church gave them a fine gift 
of linens, towels, a blanket, a lamp, food products and a set 
of dishes, following their prayer service recently. That was 
a fine thing for the church to do. 

King is again calling on the membership of the church to 
unite in the plans for the beautifying of the church grounds. 
We have seen the result of this work in years gone by and it 
is a very worthy effort. Why not try to beautify the sur- 
roundings of the Lord's House ? Make it attractive and more 
people will drop by to see it. 

BROTHER J. G. DODDS, pastor of the Smithville congre- 
gation, tells us that the plans for their Easter Evangelistic 
services are progressing nicely. They begin on Sunday, 
April 13th. Bear them in mind. 

WORD FROM REV. W. S. CRICK, Third Church of Johns- 
town, tells of a School of Leadership Training which will 
open on Monday evening, March 14th and continue for six 
consecutive Monday nights. It is a union school and will be 
held in the Bethany Presbyterian Church. Five courses will 
be offered. We note that Miss Mildred Furry, of our own 
Christian Endeavor National Board, will be one of the in- 

(Because of the many inquiries that have been made con- 
cerning the recent decision at Dayton, Dr. Bell is furnishing 
the analysis of the matter to the readers of The Evangelist, 
purely for the information of the membership of The Breth- 
ren Church. We trust the information will cover the ques- 
tions that have been raised in your minds.) 




Dr. W. S. BeU 
rhe Brethren Church Is A Conference Denomination 

It had its birth in the conference of 1883 and the 
general business of the church has been carried for- 
vard through all its history by conferences; Dis- 
;rict and National. Tlie organization, name and in- 
:orporation of the Church was by order of confer- 
;nce. Every local church in order to be recognized 
is a Brethren Church must have standing in the 
Conferences of the Denomination. If this was not 
>o, there could be no authority or pemianency. 

The local churches have representation in these 
:onferences by delegates selected by the several con- 
n"egations with voting powers to conduct the busi- 
less of the conferences. The local churches are 
)ound to the conferences by their delegates elected 
;o act for the local congregation and are parties to 
ts decisions. 

We cannot understand the decsion of the lower 
Court who places the local church independent of 
he decisions of the Conferences and gives it liberty 
o form other associations, become hostile to and 
:ompete with the original denominational organiza- 

Certainly if Conference had power to create the 
brethren Church as it did in 1883, every following 
Conference would have equal authority and its de- 
isions would be equally binding. 

To us the decision gives us a monstrosity with 
wo bodies and as many heads as there are local con- 

Who is the denomination — the seceding group 
vho have set up a new organization, separate and 
ndependent from the original or those who have 
;ontinued loyal to all the conferences and organiza- 
ions of the denomination? 

We cannot understand the decision that concludes 
hat the seceders have not left the denomination or 
leparted from its doctrines. Acts speak plainer 
han words. The "Graceites" have no relationship 
vith our conferences and Boards and no community 
nterest with us. They are as separate from us as 
Hie Church of The Brethren in organization. They 
lave declared allegiance to an independent seminary 
vith an incorporated unchangeable creed, which is in 
)pposition to the fundamental purpose and doctrine 
)f The Brethren Church which is opposed to any 

man made written creed. We ask the question, 
"What constitutes a denomination?" Is it not an or- 
ganized gi-oup of churches, with its own separate or- 
ganizations and declarations? The Church of The 
Brethren has the same identical doctrines that we 
have and the same position as being opposed to a 
man written creed. Does this make Tlie Church of 
The Brethren the same denomination as ourselves? 
The difference is that we have separate organiza- 
tions. For the same reason the "Graceites" are not 
the same denomination as ourselves as they are in- 
dependently and separately organized. 

This case is not decided yet — The opinion of the 
local court will have to be suspended and our cause 
considered by a higher judiciary, whose decision we 
will wait for. 

Dayton Bulletin, March 9, 1941. 

As To Our Church Government 

The lower Court placed the Brethren Church on 
West Third and Grosvenor Streets in the legal class- 
ification of churches as defined by law in the follow- 
ing classification. 

HIGHER AUTHORITY." . . . (Watson vs. 
Jones, 13— Wallace 679) 

To place such an intei-pretation on The Brethren 
Church we cannot understand. We are a conference 
denomination and to be so, every true Brethren 
Church is a conference church. The Dayton Church 
has through its entire history until the present con- 
troversy been represented by delegates in all the 
conferences of the denomination, both District and 
National. This church was nurtured and developed 
by aid from the Ohio Mission Board and received the 
church property on Conover Street by deed from 
this same Board. How can it be said that this 

CONSTITUTION in Chapter 1 and Section 1— "The 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

What Value Christianity 

Dr. G. C. Carpenter 

HAT value the friendship of Tom Smythe? 
What value my neighbor John Jones ? What 
value this habit of profanity and that habit 
of worship? Men are ever face to face with the 
question of values. Happy they whose scales are 
well balanced for weighing life's values. What is the 
value of Christianity according to your scales? 
Weight in our scales follows. 

Christianity Provides the Only Satisfactory 
Philosophy of Life 

Wise men through the centuries have given to the 
world various explanations of life, but the only sat- 
isfactory system of philosophy is found when men 
see God through the eye of Jesus Christ. Science 
has given man a new world, but science alone can- 
not fully satisfy the mind and heart of man. Science 
switches on the electric lights to drive away the 
darkness of night, but Christianity switches on the 
eternal lights of heaven to reveal to mortal man the 
way to God. 

Christianity Provides A Sure Foundation 
For A Vital Faith 

Man wants an unchanging faith that will connect 
heaven and earth, that will take man into the very 
presence of God, and that will bring God down to 
man. Jesus Christ is the sure foundation that can- 
not be moved, the eternal rock. Did you ever come 
to a place where five roads met and you did not 
know your road? Then the faithful finger-post at 
the cross-roads pointed the way for you. How 
thankful all men ought to be for the finger-posts of 
Christianity along the highway of life! The cluu'cli 
steeples, the Bibles, the prophets, the saints, the 
ministers, yes, the Son of God Himself — tliank God 
for the God-given finger-posts of faith. 

A Table of Weights 


Christianity Provides the Only Plan of Salva- 
tion That Saves To The Uttermost Every 
Sincere Applicant 

Christianty throbs with life from God. "Prick it 
anywhere and it will bleed." It brings to man the 
living God through Jesus Christ the Son of God. In 
twenty centuries no man sincerely seeking God 
through Jesus Christ has been disappointed. He 
has found a blessed assurance, produced by faith in 
Christ, made full by hope, and confirmed by love. 
The rent veil revealed the mercy seat and opened the 
Kingdom of Heaven to "whosoever will." Man, if 
he will, can enter in, never to return, but to abide in 
the secret place of the Most High, to dwell under tlie 
shadow of the Almighty. "The rent veil invites me 
to live my life in Him ; to die my death in Him ; and 
to enjoy rapt and radiant fellowship with Him 
through all the ages." 

Christianity Provides Love One For Another 

It is practical. It takes religion from the clouds 
and makes it live among men! 

A selfish, loveless religion cannot be Chris- 
tianity. Bishop Moore declared, "The greatest dan- 
ger confronting the Christian church today is the 
danger of it becoming a soft church." Christianity 
serves! And here is an opportunity for self-inspec- 
tion. Are we doing gi-eat and hard things for God 
by serving our fellowmen? Are we loving one an- 
other as Jesus loved us? Are we walking "In His 
Steps" daily? Does our life remind people that we 
liave been with Jesus? Are His teachings inculcat- 
ed into the fiber of our beings ? Do we love one an- 
other, even all men? 

Christianity Provides Rest For The Soul 
Under Any And All Circumstances 

Jesus said, "My peace I give unto you." Other 
faiths cannot lift men to confidence and peace. Je- 
sus Christ leads men out of sin and doubt and weak- 
ness into a life of forgiveness and peace and 
strength in the presence of God. In 

Christ man finds the only satisfactory answer to the 

March 22, 1941 

deepest quest of human life, the search for God. And 
the result is the possession of "the peace of God that 
passeth all understanding." On the night before his 
execution Sir Walter Raleigh wrote these lines: 
"Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, 

My staff of faith to walk upon, 
My scrip of joy, immortal diet, 

My bottle of salvation, 
My gown of glory, hope's true gage, 
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage." 
What a picture of a noble soul at peace with God. 
Christianity does provide a "scallop-shell of quiet" 
for the faithful. 

Christianity Provides The Only Reliable 
Life Insurance For Eternity 
How precious is a sure hope for the life that lies 
beyond these days. The risen, living Christ, and He 
alone, gives us the courage to believe in an eternal 
life. Mrs. Beecher-Stowe tells of Uncle Tom being 
sold again into slavery, leaving Aunt Chloe, riding 
away on his new owner's wagon, and thinking as he 

jogged along of these words from an old-fashioned 
Book: "We have here no continuing city, but we 
seek one to come ; wherefore God is not ashamed to 
be called our God; for He hath prepared for us a 
city." F. W. Boreham says, "Uncle Tom transfers 
his loved ones from the old log cabin behind him to 
the radiant city before him and every revolution of 
the wheel of the wagon brings him nearer to his 
spirit's goal." 

There are always lights ahead for the faithful 
followers of Jesus Christ. Christianity provides 
the best, the safest, the longest-term life insurance 
known to man. It points to the "home of our hearts 
at the other end of the long, long road." The North 
American Indians held that the lovely hues of all 
the flowers that fade are gathered into the skies, re- 
appearing in the gorgeous beauty of the rainbow. 
Christianity insures the home of homes on before 
for all who are faithful unto the end. WHAT 

Hollywood, Florida 

Some Outstanding Experiences in a 
Ministrp of Fiftg-five Years 

Second of T^ew Series 

Martin Shively 

IN a former paper I stated it as my belief, that in 
most instances at least, congregations of The 
Brethren Church owed their existence to the 
fact that there were consecrated laymen in the var- 
ious communities, who were interested in the cause 
of Christ as represented by The Brethren Church, 
and who brought about the coming of an evangel- 
ist, and later a pastor to lead and shepherd the flock, 
and who to the end of their lives were indeed the 
"salt of the earth" in the locality in which they liv- 
ed and wrought. It is the intention of the writer to 
remind his readers of some of these lay leaders, all 
of whom with very few exceptions have gone to their 
eternal reward. 

I am not forgetful of the faithful services of those 
who wrought in the ministry, for in a former series 
of articles I have told what I knew about some of 
them, but this series will have to do especially with 

laymen, both men and women, without whom the 
successes which crowned the ministry of these, and 
indeed all men who have had a blessed experience in 
soul saving, would have been far less successful. 
And I am beginning with a few outstanding men in 
my first pastorate. 

In June, 1887, I gave up my work in Ashland Col- 
lege, and accepted a pastorate at West Independence, 
a small village not far from Fostoria, Ohio. The 
congregation was very small and the support it 
could offer to a pastor was equally small, but for al- 
most four years it was the scene of my labors, not 
all of which consisted of preaching. In common 
with not a few of the ministers of that period, the 
pastor taught in the public schools, and served in 
various other capacities, not even indirectly associ- 
ated with the preaching of the Word. 

Here among the group of faithful Brethren, I 
found two men, long since dead, but very vitally 
alive in my memory. One of these was Jacob Hazen, 
a veteran of the Civil War, and who was also a faith- 
ful soldier of the cross, a man who was widely 
known, and in whom everybody had fullest confi- 

The Brethren EvangeUst 

dence. He was a gifted conversationalist, eloquent 
in prayer and always at his post in the church. All 
the members of his family were assocated with him 
in the chuixh, and no duty assigned to him was re- 
fused. As long as life continues with me here, I 
shall treasure in my memory the name of Jake Haz- 
en. In God's good time I shall expect to meet him 
and enjoy an eternal association with him. 

Another of the outstanding members of that small 
gi'oup was August Krabill, a man of quite different 
type than Brother Hazen, somewhat slow of speech, 
and a man whom every body respected, foi- he lived 
his religion, and the manner in which he lived it 
made it very attractive to all who knew him. His 
wife and two sons, too, were associated with him in 
the church, and all made a vital contribution to its 

All are gone now, but I am sure that the commun- 
ity is better because such folks lived in it. I doubt 
very much if very many who remain in the com- 
munity will even remember the men whom I have 
here named, but I am very sure that the community 
is better for the fact they once lived in it, for sucli 

lives leave their impress on the generations which 
succeed them. 

I am convinced that some of the most eloquent 
sermons are not delivered from the pulpit, but are 
expressed in the lives of those who have been 
touched by Gospel of our Lord. Of course there were 
others in that congregation, even when it was very 
small, who made vital contribution to its influence 
for good, for there were the Leedys, and the Isaiah 
Myers family, all of whom made their contribution 
to the success of a church, though it is now non- 
existent, but which in its day exerted a vital influ- 
ence. Causes for its disintegration were such as in- 
fluence many other communities. The older folks 
pass on to their eternal reward, and the younger 
folks remove to other fields until those who remain 
become too few to continue an organized effort. But 
in its day, the church at West Independence was a 
live organization, and made its contribution to the 
spi-ead of the Gospel. And in its day, those whom I 
have mentioned in this brief paper were faithful 
leaders in the woi'k of the church. "They rest from 
their labors and their works do follow them." 

More Information 

for Conscientious Objectors 

The following article is being published in order 
that the information contained therein may be giv- 
en to those interested in this particular matter. The 
information will clarify many of the questions that 
have been asked from the Secretary of the Commit- 
tee in charge of this work. Read carefully and pre- 
serve for future use. 

E. M. Riddle, Secretary. 

Registrants, Please Read Carefully 

There has been some confusion as to the exact 
regulations applying to the conscientious objector 
under the Selective Service Act and the exact proce- 
dure the conscientious objector should follow in es- 
tablishing his claim. In the following paragraphs we 
will try to outline clearly just what the regulations 
are in respect to the conscientious objector and just 
what procedure he should follow. 


The meaning of the different classifications is as 
TIONS, Vol. Ill, paragraph 328). 

1-A Available; fit for general military service 
1-B Available ; fit only for limited military service 

1-C Member of land or naval forces of United 

1-D Student fit for general military service, avail- 
able not later than July 1, 1941 

1-E Student fit only for limited military service; 
available not later than July 1, 1941 

II-A Man necessary in his civilian activity 

III-A Man with dependents 

IV-A Man who has completed service 

IV-B Official deferred by law 

IV-C Nondeclarent alien 

IV-D Minister of religion or divinity student 

IV-E Conscientious objector available only for 
civilian work of national importance 

IV-F Physically, mentally, or morally unfit 

In Case of Appeal 

In case a local board places a conscientious objec- 
tor in Class 1-A, 1-B, or in some other class which 
seems to be irregular, except Classes II-A and III-A 
from which there can be no appeal, the draftees 
should within five days from the day after the noti- 
fication of classification was mailed to him request 
in \vriting the opportunity to review his case in per- 
son before his local draft board. At this hearing "he 
may discuss his classification, may point out the 

March 22, 1941 

class or classes in which he thinks he should have 
been placed, and may direct attention to any infor- 
mation in his file which he believes it has not given 
sufficient weight. The registrant may not intro- 
duce any new evidence not already contained in his 
file unless the board members consent. However, if 
the registrant claims there is any false or misleading 
information in his file, he may introduce evidence 
supporting such claim. Such evidence must be in 
writing in the form of documents, affidavits or de- 
positions and shall be included in and made a part of 
his file. The affidavits or depositions should be as 
concise as possible under the circumstances. After 
such an appearance the local board will mail the 
registrant a different classification or a continuance 
of classification according to the SELECTIVE 
SERVICE REGULATIONS, Vol. Ill, paragraph 
369. Be sure that all statements made before the 
local draft board are honest and sincere. Discuss 
your position with them frankly for they are human, 
and many of them are sympathetic once they under- 
stand our position. 

If the local board has refused to reclassify a regis- 
trant, within five days from the day after the noti- 
fication of continuation of classification was mailed 
the registrant should appeal his case. If the regis- 
trant doesn't hear from his draft board within two 
or three days after the hearing, go back to them and 
check on what action they have taken, because the 
time limit within which appeals must be made is 
very important. To appeal his case a registrant 
should go to his local draft board and on the back 
of his general questionnaire (Form 40) fill out the 
section entitled Appeal to Appeal Board. The local 
board will then turn his file of data over to the ap- 
peal board. Upon receipt of this appeal the appeal 
board turns the case over to the Department of Jus- 
tice. The Department of Justice makes an investi- 
gation and then makes a recommendation as to 
whether the decision of the local board should be 
sustained or changed in accordance with the regis- 

trant's request. The appeal board considers the 
recommendation of the Department of Justice but is 
not bound to follow it. The appeal board then turns 
its decision over to the local board and they inform 
the registrant of the action of the appeal board. No 
man can be inducted into any kind of service while 
his case is being considered by the appeal board. 

Those men entering noncombatant service will re- 
ceive all instructions through the local board and will 
be inducted into the army. They will then be entire- 
ly under the control of the army. 

After the registrant has been placed in Class IV- 
E he is ready for induction into civilian service. 
When the registrant's number is ready to be called, 
he will receive a questionnaire from the National 
Service Board for Religious Objectors, which is the 
organization of the Brethren, Quakers, Mennonites, 
and has been joined by the Methodists, Federal 
Council of Churches, Fellowship of Reconciliation 
and a few other groups for administering this pro- 
gram. From this questionnaire it will be determin- 
ed what camp the registrant will be sent to. He will 
receive this instruction with a railroad or bus ticket 
to the camp and provision for meals enroute to 
camp from his local draft board. When the boy en- 
ters camp, he will be given another physical examin- 
ation just as the boy entering the army is examined 
at his induction center. His term of service is exact- 
ly equal to that of the draftee in the army. 

As yet there has been no provision made so that 
a conscientious objector can volunteer for civilian 
service as a draftee may volunteer for army service 
so that the term of service can be served out at once. 

If in any case a local draft board has proceeded in 
3) manner which seems to be inegiilar to the proce- 
dure outlined above, please report this situation to 
Dr. Paul H. Bowman, 337 North Carolina Avenue, S. 
E., Washington, D. C. at once. Give the name, num- 
ber, and address of the draft board with all facts 
pertinent to the situation which has seemed ir- 


Dayton Decision - (Continued from page SJ 

Local Church" : Reads, "When the membership of a 
class shall reach a number which is sufficient in the 
estimation of its members and the minister or evan- 
gelist in charge, such class, may upon a majority 
vote, be constituted a fully organized church BY 
MISSION BOARD". (Article 3) 

"When any one of these churches or charges shall 
so increase in numbers and ability as to be able to 
support a pastor and shall indicate its desire to do 
so by a two-thirds vote of its membership, IT MAY 

(Article 5.) . . .For a church to be constituted a 
Brethren Church, it must be approved by the Dis- 
trict Mission Board and by The District Conference. 
In the light of this plain procedure, how can it be 
said that any true Brethren Church belongs to the 
following classification in which the lower Court 
placed the Dayton Church. Viz. : "Which by the na- 
ture of its organization is strictly independent of 
other ecclesiastical associations and so far as 
church government is concerned, owes no fealty or 
obligation to any higher authority." 

—Dayton Bulletin, March 16, 1941. 

The Brethren Evangelist 





The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 



General Secretary 

Chester F. Zimmerman 

There are many things that Christians do that are 
strictly missionary although not called that. Every 
word spoken to an unbeliever in the name of Christ 
is a missionary work. Every good deed done in the 
name of Christ is a missionary act. The tragedy is 
that so many professed Christians do not do any 
type of missionary work. One of the most fruitful 
methods of Christian missionary work is the careful, 
prayerful distribution of gospel messages in leaflet 

Can we call this missionary work? Indeed we can. 
And even if we did not call it this it would be this in 
fact. Every progressive denomination and "ism" 
is using this method to spread its message. This is 
a missionary method that we as individuals and 
churches need to stress much. 

Many of the Sunday School lessons deal with 
service to our fellowmen. We have heated discus- 
sions of methods and needs. Yet little is done be- 
cause no simple plan of work has been presented. 
Spiritual shallowness and a form of self-satsfaction 
is the ultimate result of meetings which discuss hu- 
man need but do notliing about it. It has been said 
that it is criminal to teach concerning God's plan for 
service without providing the opportunity for serv- 
ice. This is not an exaggeration. It is vital. Too 
many meetings provide only an opportunity for the 
Christians to blow off steam on their pet subjects. 
When they have done this they feel their duty is 
done. The reverse is the truth of the matter. Their 
duty is just begun. They must "go" and serve to 
obey the Master's teaching. 

Who can do this work? The answer is simplicity 
itself. Every Christian can serve the Lord accept- 
ably here. There are no exceptions. Some have 
more opi^ortunity than otliers but all can do as much 
as they know the Lord leads them tO' do. This is all 
that we are responsible for. The Lord has a defin- 
ite work for you and the same for me. To keep in 
the center of His will we must do this work. 

Take care you do not thwart the plans of the Lord 
while endeavoi-ing to do His will in this matter. 
Much criticism, well deserved, has been heaped upon 
those who carelessly, indifferently, and thoughtless- 
ly scatter the message in tract form. 

This work should be done carefully. This was 
pointed out to me in a conversation with a fellow 
pastor. He told of being handed a tract on "con- 
version" on the streets of Chicago by a young man 
he knew. The young man was in a group of chatting 

youths. He did not look at the person to whom he 
"shoved" the tract. Just to show him the error of 
his way the pastor took the tract, waited until they 
had gone on a few steps and then called him by 
name. Was he embarrassed? Do you think the 
Lord was leading him to pass out this tract? Do 
this work carefully! 

Prayer should go with every tract. This will 
cause you to use good judgment. It will augment 
the message of the tract. It will make you a power 
for good in your community. A Christian wlio prays 
God to use each tract will not give a tract on dancing 
to a man in a hospital with both legs amputated. 

Do this work persistently. Many fail in this serv- 
ice because they are so spasmodic in their efforts. 
Do ministers cease to preach because one sermon 
fails to convert ? This should teach us a lesson. By 
the intelligent, prayerful, persistent use of the Gos- 
pel message in tract form you will be able to stir 
multitudes that never darken a church door. Who 
can count your reward for this? 

How important is this work? This is difficult to 
say. One thing is certain. It is difficult to over- 
estimate its value. It is one method God has given 
us for reaching the unreached of our communities. 
It is the wedge that opens the way for a soul-search- 
ing interview. It is the acknowledged means of lead- 
ing many to salvation. It is the message that soft- 
ens the heart for the further counseling by the pas- 
tor. How then can we overestimate its importance 
and value ? 

What would it mean to The Brethren Church if 
the members would begin to use these Gospel mes- 
sages to spread the Word? It would mean new life. 
The ideals of tiie church would be dusted off and 
raised to new lieights. The indifference would dis- 
appear miraculously. There would be a new life from 
above that would so invigorate the church that 
"much fruit" would be brought forth. I challenge 
you to try it. 

New members would be brought into our churches 
weekly. This would be the assured result in any and 
every community. Our cluirches would grow at an 
astonisliing rate. 

This movement would not be one of great noise 
and fanfare. But it would be a work of power. It 
would move men to mend the ei'ror of their ways. 
It would make tlie church a power in every commun- 
ity. Will you go in the way of blessing? (For a list 
of societies and publishing liouses producing tracts 
address a postal card or letter to the writer at Lan- 
ark, 111.) Lanark, 111. 

March 22, 1941 


Xhe Editors Speak 


Rev. Frank Gehman 

I wish I knew youth better. I wish that I could 
understand better the viewpoint of modern youth. 
Sometimes I wonder whether there is such a real 
breach in understanding between the pulpit and 
^'outh, or if that talked about is largely imaginary. 
Even if imaginary, the imagining of it could effect- 
ually forestall active co-operation and mutual appre- 

Somehow I cannot bring myself to believe that 
this generation of youth is actually as flippant as it 
nonchalantly tries to appear. But about the time I 
I have myself convinced that I ouglit to openly 
champion it on that ground , some one youth or 
P'oup of youths shatters my confidence with some 
flagrant case of flippancy, some shocking disrespect 
3r irreverence, some mass indecency, or disregard of 
liigher things. Yet, wisely or unwisely, I go on be- 
lieving it because I know some who are so clean, 
ligh-minded, promising youngsters. And I fervent- 
y pray that their number is greater than, in mom- 
mts of 'doubt, I fear. 

Could we only prevail upon church youth to more 
ully set a high standard of conduct for all youth 
■ather than to pattern itself so much after the youth 
if; the world, so much would be gained. I have ser- 
ous times of doubt when I note the easy carelessness 
f some even of church youth. And then I am not 
sure but that they are only following to a logical 
onclusion the path that has been blazed by tlieir 

, It is easy for the minister who possibly lias his 
jye more upon his popularity and "success" with 
outh than upon the objectives and unchangeable 
piritual standards of Scripture to preach easy 
ipandards. I challenge the fairness of this course. It 
; not fair to the youth which it misleads, nor is it 
;dr to the Bible which it betrays. 
jOn the other hand, the minister can withdraw him- 
iilf so completely from human sympathy that he 
'^eaches only a coldly austere and unattractive 
andard. This does an injustice to God who knows 
ie need of warm human expression, and an injus- 
pe to youth which it disheartens and antagonizes 

Is there a ground for understanding between the 
ijinister and youth? I earnestly hope so. But it 
ijust begin early. We have come preciously near to 

5ing a generation to the church. If complete, such 

loss would be fatal. 

A young doctor friend harshly and severely con- 
demned the "preachers" for failing their duty in not 
spending more time teaching the children. He ar- 
gued that the fathers and mothers of the present 
generation of children had been so neglected in their 
turn that they are of little or no help today with the 
present generation, spiritually. No matter how big 
the task or how gallingly bitter the lack of help from 
the homes (in so many instances) he would have the 
minister give up many other things and teach the 
children ; he would give the best equipment and the 
best teacher to them in Sunday School, and make 
them the point upon which the most effective teach- 
ing would converge — and he is not a Christian! 

It is only a little while until the children have be- 
come young people. Understanding between the 
minister and youth must begin as early as possible. 
There will have to be mutual respect and apprecia- 
tion. This will have to rest on a sound ground of 
Christian character and conduct. It will have to be 
tempered — at least on the minister's part — with a 
warm human sympathy that is more ready to lift 
over the rough spots than to condemn the stumbling. 

Another noble ( ?) experiment is unfolding before 
our eyes today: We are about to witness the result 
of allowing a generation of youth to grow up undis- 
ciplined; the world's first unspanked generation is 
about to strut its stuff. Christianity is spiritual dis- 
cipline, a surrender of the self-will to the God-will, 
the subjection of the impulses of the flesh to the 
leading of the Spirit. What chance has Christian- 
ity and the minister of the Gospel with this genera- 
tion of youth? I don't know, but I do know its a 
pretty sour barrel of apples when they are all rot- 
ten, and I do not think the situation is at all that 

Christianty is a very personal thing. Personal ap- 
peals must therefore be made for converts. Enlight- 
enment by the Holy Spirit has always been neces- 
sary to bring any to Christ ; it always will be neces- 
sary. Unregenerate human nature without the 
striving of the Spirit never chooses God's way. The 
Spirit's power is Infinite and Divine. That being 
true, it is not actually a question of whether or not 
this generation of youth is better or worse than 
those which have gone before; it is supremely a 
question of whether or not the minister and the 
church are going to preach and live the true Gospel 
and warm it with sympathetic understanding to the 
salvation of multitudes. 

I am convinced that the best way to deal with 


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youth today is to be spiritually frank, to declare the 
true standards of Biblical Christianity, to openly 
make known without any mincing of the fact, the 
obligations for pure and holy living that embracing 
Christianity entails; to reveal the enormous task 
facing the ciiurch that youth's fighting spirit be 

aroused for victorious accomplishment; to love 11 
sincerely, and to challenge it to do better in the Spir 
it than its immediate forebears have done. Th< 
church and minister can have a place in youth's af 
fection and life if they will make that place. 

Our Children's Department 



Dear Children: 

It will not be long until mother and father will be planning 
what they will plant in their garden. I hope every boy and 
girl can have a little spot in which they can plant a garden 
of their very own. 

Little Bessie was given a small comer in her father's gar- 
den. Oh, it was such fun to dig in the soft, mellow earth and 
then rake it until it was smooth and level. She marked out 
rows with her hoe and dropped the handful of seeds her 
father had given her into them. Bessie did not examine the 
seeds closely, so they all seemed very much alike to her. 

How surprised she was in the fall to discover some of the 
seed had produced orange carrots, while others had turned 
into red beets, still others had grown above the ground into 
heads of emerald lettuce. She could not quite understand it, 
but thought how wonderfully God blesses us by giving us all 
these delicious vegetables. 

So often we go on enjoying the good things God has placed 
on this earth for us, the light and heat of the great sun, and 
the fresh, pure air He has put all around us, without giv- 
ing Him thanks. We would not treat an earthly friend like 
this. Let us write on a paper some of the many things for 
which we thank God. We will then more fully realize our 

We have talked about our own garden, now let us think of 
the very first garden. 

When the world was finished and every bit of it in order, 
God made, in the very heart of it, a garden just like the 
gardens that the angels tend in the great world we cannot 
see, the world where God lives beyond this earth. 

This garden was called Eden. It had in it every sweet rose 
that ever bloomed and every flower that grew in heaven was 
transplanted there. Pour rivers were around it, and in the 
midst of it grew trees of every sort, and from their boughs 
hung most delicious fruit. 

In this garden God placed the first man and the first wo- 
man, Adam and Eve. God told Adam that his part was to 
dress and keep the garden. Eve was to help him, and both 
were to do whatever they wished, eat its fruit, pluck its 
flowers, go where they chose, and be without any hard labor, 
because the ground did not need digging and there were no 

weeds. The fruit and the flowers were to mean, not troubli 
to Adam and Eve, but just pleasure. 

There was only one thing they were told not to do. Onl] 
one thing. 

In the middle of the garden was a beautiful tree that Go( 
told them never to touch. This was the Tree of the Knowl 
edge of Good and Evil. Close by this tree was another calle( 
the Tree of Life. Hundreds of trees were in every direction 
Fruits sweet as honey, nuts, spices, and balm, and oh! s( 
many vines and flowers ! And just a single tree that must b( 
left alone. 

One would think that Adam and Eve would have been per 
fectly content in this lovely garden God had made for them 
but they longed for the one thing that God had forbiddei 
them — to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge o 
Good and-Evil. 

Sin stole into this happy place and tempted them, and the 
yielded, and ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree. 

Yes, they were punished. God did not forsake them, bi 
they were compelled to leave this lovely spot and go into 
strange world where they obtained their food by workin 
very hard. 

I would not close my letter without telling you of the la| 
garden about which the Bible relates. 

When the disciple John was an old man, he was made 
prisoner for Christ's sake on the lonely island of Patmc 
Here he had a vision of heaven. 

The most beautiful thing that John saw was the Holy Gil 
On whose golden streets and in whose heavenly gardens, wa 
those who have gone beyond death and live forevermore 
great happiness and perfect purity in the presence of G( 
In those heavenly gardens no flowers wither. There star 
the Tree of Life and there flows the River of Life clear 
crystal. They need no candle there, neither light of the si 
for the Lord God giveth them Light. In this Garden 
Heaven all shall dwell who love the Lord and keep 1 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta's Friend, 

513 Bowman Street, 
Mansfield, 01 

March 22, 1941 


Christian Endeavor Topics For Voung People 


For April 2, 1941 


Scripture Lesson: Luke 9:51-56; 19:28-38 

For the Leader 

We are privileged tonight to look into two very interesting 
chapters in the earthly life of our Savior. The first, when 
He neared the close of His ministry in Palestine and was in- 
tent on going to Jerusalem to suffer. The second, when He 
makes that entry into the Holy City. 

Jesus knew what awaited Him at Jerusalem. He knew be- 
forehand of the betrayals, the trials, the cries of scorn, and 
of the cross. Yet He went voluntarily and suffered because 
of His love for mankind. 

As we learn of what it cost our Savior, our lives should be 
more fully devoted to Him in worship and in service. Palm 
Sunday and Easter denote a time of new and victorious life. 
Let us seek out the genuine thrill of full-hearted Christian 
service for our Master. 

HIS STEADFASTNESS. Jesus alone knew what lay 
ahead of Him. His disciples could not understand the im- 
portance attached to Jesus' determination to go to Jerusa- 
lem. But Jesus knew. If He did not go to Jerusalem, there 
would be no bruised and broken body; there would be no 
crown of thorns, and there would be no Cross of Calvary. 
There would be no grave and no Resurrection. Without all of 
these, the world would be without a Redeemer for its sins. 

Andrew Jackson earned the name "Stonewall" Jackson be- 
icause in the Battle of Bull Run he refused to give the order 
to retreat. Instead, he stood firm against the enemy. Je- 
|sus could not be moved from His purpose. Although safe 
from enemy hands in northern Palestine, and many miles 
from Jerusalem, He laid His freedom and security aside and 
(headed His footsteps directly to Jerusalem and to death. His 
determination to suffer for us should prompt us to devote our 
time to His work in our church and community. 
' HE SET HIS FACE. Jesus could have easily escaped the 
hands of the enemy and the Cross. One word from Him would 
have brought legions of angels from Heaven to bear Him 
away to security. Jesus was not a victim of circumstances. 
What He did was voluntary on His part. The Jewish Rabbis 
and Pharisees took personal credit for crucifying this "Im- 
poster". What these blinded Jews did not see was that Je- 
teus gave Himself into their hands. 

I Had Jesus listened to the many temptations to avoid the 
press. He would not have accomplished His purpose in com- 
jng to earth. He paid no attention to those things which would 
|lraw Him away, but set His face toward the Cross where His 
■plood would be shed for the remission of the sins of men. 
As this truth dawns upon us we should reverently dedicate 
I'urselves to Christian service for Christ. 

1 HIS WORK HIS ONLY INTEREST. Up to this time, Je- 
|Us has been devoting much time to teaching, healing, feed- 
ing, etc. But He has a special work to do, for He is to be- 
ome "The Author and Finisher of our Faith." He origin- 
;ted the plan of salvation, and now to complete this plan He 
iiust die on the cross. Jesus gives us a perfect example of 
■work accomplished". No matter how tempted He might 
ave been to turn aside or to take up other interests. He nev- 
r took His eyes off the goal. 

Our Christian service and work has many difficult places. 
We, like Christ, should view our field of service as a unit of 
work, balancing the discouragements with the accomplish- 
ments. When in a valley of discouragement, use the peris- 
cope of faith and trust, thereby looking up over the next hill 
to greater victory with Christ. Viewed from an earthly 
standpoint, we will get discouraged, but viewed from the 
heavenly and eternal standpoint, we have great reason to re- 
joice. Jesus looked at His special work from an eternal, 
heavenly focus. So should we view our part in His great 

Jesus, upon His resurrection, completed His work, and 
thus did actually become "Tlie Author and Finisher of our 

HIS TRIUMPHANT ENTRY. On this day which we now 
call "Palm Sunday", Jesus rode on a borrowed colt into the 
city of Jerusalem. No doubt His thoughts, even on this hap- 
py occasion, were centered on the work He had to do. He 
was probably saddened by the thoughts that the glad "Ho- 
sannas" falling on His ears today would shortly be turned 
into cries of "Crucify". Yet this was His day of triumph, 
and had the people remained quiet, the stones of the road 
would have cried out in praise of Him. Thus the magnifi- 
cance and splendor of our Savior is shown. This day of en- 
try foretold of a day when Christ will again enter the Holy 
City. When this occurs, the Jews will fully accept Him as 
their King. 

The Jews would have taken Jesus as their King this day, 
but only as an earthly King. When the selfish Jews found 
out that He had other plans, they immediately forsook Him. 

Jesus is truly King of kings, and the day will come when 
He will rightly ascend His throne. With the coming of His 
kingdom wars will cease, but not until then. Jesus had given 
us a commission of Gospel preaching. Let us honor and 
praise Him by a renewed interest and activity in the service 
of our Christian Endeavor, Sunday School, Church, and in 
our obligations as a Christian to our home, school and social 
relationships. By the help of Christ we can be steadfast. 

Suggestions for Tonight 

It is time for beginning your spring program of C. E. ac- 
tivities. Keep your members busy. Tonight's program can 
center around the theme of "Consecration". Short talks on 
"What It Means to Follow Christ" will help. Do not have 
just "another consecration service", but make it impressive 
by having each member, after lighting his candle, repeat, 
"By the help of my Christ, through prayer, Bible reading, and 
meditation, I will endeavor to be more steadfast than I have 
been; making every effort to put Christ and the church first 
in my life. I pledge my loyalty to Christ". 

Make sufficient copies of the consecration pledge for your 
attendance, or have it written on the blackboard. 

By the way, tell your social committee that it's time for 
a good get-to-gether this month before the end of the school 
year comes with its full program of events. 

Begin to talk Brethren Young People's Camps, and keep it 
up week after week. P. S. (personal) Young people trained 
in Brethren Camps make better workers and leaders for your 
C. E. Society. Vote enough money from your group to pay 
one person's expenses at Camp. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 


I Timothy 2:1 

There is a pass in Scotland which suppHes us witli 
a beautiful thouglit for this Day of Rest. 

The road througli it carries the traveler up a long 
ascent, with many windings in its course. When the 
top of the pass is reached one finds a sign which 
reads, "Rest and be thankful." 

On this, the Lord's day, is it not proper that we 
find ourselves at tlie top of the pass and that we 
should "rest and be thankful?" 


Acts 16:14, 15 

Honest, industrious people, when converted, be- 
come noble and useful Christians. The first Eur- 
opean convert was of such a character as to be es- 
pecially susceptible to Gospel influences — industri- 
ous, reliable, conscientious, generous and devout. 
Her name was Lydia. As no mention is made of her 
husb?.nd probably she was a widow. Learn what 
great blessings may gi'ow out of a little prayer meet- 

You may have a little prayer meeting all your own 
today. Why not try it ? 


Matthew 17:1-8 

A man once went to an auction where a great 
crowd was gathered. The auctioneer was selling a 
great picture. He held it up before the crowd and 
the canvass almost covered his form. He was say- 
ing, "Now look at this side of the picture, and now 
at the other side", as he described every part. 

Note the significant remark of the onlooker. "I 
never saw the speaker — only the picture." Then he 
added, "So should we speak and work for Christ. 
He should be all, and ourselves out of sight." 


II Corinthians 3:18 
The tools really effective in face building will not 
be found on the toilet table. Cream from a jar or 
powder out of a box may do something for the com- 
plexion, but the real secret of good looks lies deep- 

er. The spirit of the man or woman is the real 
architect. The face becomes, through the years, the 
accurate register of one's inner thoughts and mo- 

What sort of a portrait are you painting of your- 


Proverbs 27:9 

Did you ever open a drawer and find it filled with 
a rich fragrance? Every article just saturated with 
a pleasing odor? What did it? Why just a little 
bit of rare perfume, only a grain perhaps, hidden in 
some corner. 

Such is the effect of any pure and beautiful life. 
Its sweetness strikes through, reaches, permeates 
and blesses. Whole lives are sweetened, and homes 
too, and entire circles and communities — all by the 
delicate fragrance of one generous, loving life. 


John 15:14, 15 

A prize was offered some years ago for the best 
definition of the term friend. This is the one that 
received the prize: "A friend is a person who comes 
in when every other person has gone out." 

That is the kind of friend that Jesus is. And this 
is the noble friendliness that should characterize 
each one of us. 

Why not try being a new friend to someone to- 


Ephesians 3:13-21 

In wliat respects may we be filled with the full- 
ness of God? In filling the heart, God empties H 
of all its former occupants; takes possession of il 
personally; replenishes it with all the graces anc 
dispositions of Christian character, completely anc; 

And by what means may this filling come? B} 
sensing our own emptiness and need; by abounding 
in prayer; by really loving Christ, and by earnestl: 
following God. 

But to be filled one must go to Him empty. 

March 22, 1941 


WELLBAUM— WELBAUM. On January 4, 1941, at the 
parsonage in New Lebanon, Ohio, Mr. Earl Wellbaum, of 
Miamisburg, Ohio, and Mrs. Lydia Welbaum, of the New 
Lebanon, Ohio, congregation, were united in marriage by the 
bride's pastor, the writer. After a few months sojourn in 
Florida they will make their home in Miamisburg. May 
heaven's face shine upon these splendid folks as they journey 
on through life together. C. C. Grisso 

BUCHWALTER— THOMPSON. At the Brethren par- 
sonage in New Lebanon, Ohio, on the evening of January 18, 
1941, Mr. Dudley Buchwalter, of the Smithville, Ohio Church 
and Miss Pricilla Thompson, of Wooster, Ohio, were united 
in the bonds of matrimony. Dudley was our neighbor while 
at Smithville. He is a graduate of Ohio State University, is 
a Chemical Engineer and is employed in Detroit where they 
will make their home. We wish for them the very best that 
life can afford. C. C. Grisso 



The gifts for tlie Publication Offer 
arrive in a very satisfactory fashion, 
happy about this splendid response. 

Balance as reported March 15, 1941 

Bryan, Ohio 

Hagerstown, Md. :* 

Rev. W. H. Beachler 

Christian Endeavor Societies 

Mrs. Dessie H. Downey 


Johnstown First* : 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cunningham 

Johnstown Second*: 

Mrs. J. R. Griffith 

Lanark, 111. 

Louisville, Ohio 

Masontown, Pa 

Milford, Ind.: 

W. 0. Scott 

Mrs. Fred Matthews 

Milledgeville, 111 

Muncie, Ind.: 

H. B. Imboden 

Mrs. H. B. Imboden 

Bernard Imboden 

Lester Imboden 

Loy Imboden 


Summit Mills, Pa.: 

Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Werner 

Elizabeth Miller 

Mary Rishel Ringler 

Mrs. Galen Peck 

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Fike 

ing continue to 
We are quite 












Frank Fike 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Klotz 2.00 

Mrs. Elmer Martz 1.00 

Grace Swearman 1.00 

Maggie Witt 1.00 

Mr .and Mrs. George Werner 2.00 

Ruth Werner 1.00 

Elizabeth Werner 1.00 

William Werner 1.00 

Harold Werner 1.00 

Minnie Swearman 1.00 

Frank Witt 1.00 72.00 

Waterloo, la.: 

Mrs. W. H. Miller, Los Angeles, Calif. 5.00 

Mrs. James Holmes 15.00 

Service Circle Class 10.00 

Miscellaneous 22.60 52.60 

West Alexandria, Ohio, W. M. S 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Tinkle, Wabash, Ind 1.00 

Washington, D. C 3.20 

V. W. Echard, Rockingham, Va 2.00 

Roann, Ind.* J. E. Clingaman 1.50 

M. C. Hartzler, Orville, Ohio 5.00 

Ellen G. Lichty, Pasadena, Calif 1.00 

Mrs. Harold Dwyer, Johnstown, Pa 5.00 

Verda Hade Hess, Waynesboro, Pa 1.00 

Total to date $4,328.24 

* Additional 

Again, we thank you for these splendid gifts. You 
will notice that the total is above the original 
amount for which we asked, you see our faith was 
some what weak. We are very anxious that this 
building shall be erected and dedicated with as little 
debt as possible. We could easily make it entirely 
free of debt. Lets do our best. 

Look on another page for more about this new 
building. — W. E. R. 


— ^"fr^^ 

. Laid 
to Rest 

lEICHER — Frank Phillip Eicher passed to his reward on 
January 26, 1941, at the age of 75 years. Brother Eicher was 
a charter member of the Mount Pleasant Brethren Church 
and had been a deacon during the years since the church was 
dedicated in 1905. He was also treasurer of the building 

Besides his widow the following children survive: Leroy, of 
Mt. Pleasant; Stewart, of Clairton, and Mrs. Edna Hunter of 
New Jersey. Also a brother, L. L. Eicher, of Alverton, and 
a sister, Mrs. Sadie Urias of Braddock, survive. 

The funeral services were conducted by the undersigned. 

D. C. White. 

HiENDRICKSON — Leo Hendrickson a long time member 
of the West Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church passed to 
his reward on December 30, 1940. Funeral services were con- 
ductd by the pastor at the home on New Years Day. 

C. C. Grisso. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

McNINCH — Viola McNinch, wife of Everett McNinch, of 
Dayton, Ohio, departed this life at the family home in Dayton 
on January 22, 1941, at the age of 35 years. In her going 
she leaves her husband and five children. Funeral services 
were conducted in the New Lebanon Brethren Church on Jan- 
uary 24, 1941, by the pastor, the undersigned. C. C. Grisso. 

WYSONG — Fred Wysong of the New Lebanon, Ohio, con- 
gregation left his earthly home here to join the ranks of the 
blest on Feb. 25, 1941. His companion for 54 years was be- 
fore her marriage Amanda Eck, who passed to her reward 
in 1932. They were the parents of eleven children. They 
leave 53 in a direct line of descendants. Brother Wysong had 
been a member of the New Lebanon Church since 1922. Fun- 
eral servics by his pastor, the writer, in the church here on 
Feb. 28, 1941. C. C. Grisso. 

FISHER — Viola Fisher, wife of Ova Fisher, of Brook- 
ville, Ohio, was transferred to the church triumphant on Mar. 
1, 1941. She, with her husband, united with the Clayton 
Brethren Church some 22 years ago. In her going at the age 
of 36 years she leaves her husband and three children. The 
last rites were held from the Dunkel Funeral Home in Brook- 
ville, in charge of the New Lebanon, Ohio, Brethren Church 
pastor. C. C. Grisso. 

FISHER — Margaret J. Fisher, daughter of William and 
Elmina Case, was born March 8, 1866, and was called to be 
with her Lord on November 26, 1940, at the Saint Francis 
Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey. Sister Fisher was one of 
the charter members of the Sergeantsville Brethren Church. 
She had, prior to the organizing of The Brethren Church, 
been a member of the Amwell Church of the Brethren which 
she had joined in early youth. 

On June 23, 1888, she was united in marriage with William 
J. Fisher who proceeded her in death twelve years ago. She 
leaves to mourn her passing her two daughters, Miss Bessie 
Fisher at home, and Mrs. Chas. Johnson, of Frenchtown. Also 
one grandson, one sister, and many nieces and nephews, be- 
sides a host of friends. 

Sister Fisher had been in poor health for several months 
but still was able to find her place in the church service on 
Sunday morning occassionally. She will be greatly missed 
by all who have known her. She was one of the pillars of 
the church and will be greatly missed in the many church 
activities in which she took a part. 

Her funeral was held from the Sergeantsville Brethren 
Church on Saturday, November 30. The services were con- 
ducted by her pastor, the writer, assisted by Rev. Henry T. 
Home, and Rev. Wm. Steffler, a former pastor. 

Elmer Keck. 

Among the Churches 
Post Card Publicity 

North Manchester, Indiana. On Sunday, March 30th, the 
North Manchester Church is going to have the privilege of a 
very great and important service — the ordination of two of 
her young men to the Christian Ministry of The Brethren 
Church. The two young men that are to be ordained are Mr. 
Burt Hodge, a very successful teacher for more than fifteen 
years and an active worker with young people in churches 

for a similar period of time, and Mr. Wayne Svsdhart, who is 
this year a Junior at our Seminary in Ashland. Both of 
these young men give great promise of usefulness in the 
Ministry of The Brethren Church. 

The ordination will take place at a service at 2:00 o'clock 
in the afternoon. The morning sermon will be delivered by 
Dean Willis Ronk of the Seminary and in the ordination 
ser\'ice proper the ministers of a number of Indiana church- 
es will be present to take a part. 

There will be a basket dinner at the church at noon and 
all of the friends of the church nearby or from a distance are 
welcome and we will be delighted to have them come in large 
numbers to observe this day with us. 

It does not happen very often that any of our Brethren 
Churches have the good fortune of offering two young men to 
the church at one time. This is the first time this is true 
for the North Manchester church and we have other splendid 
young men coming along to be offered to the Ministry at a 
later date. 

In the spirit of humility but with great joy the Pastor and 
the congregation alike rejoice in this great good fortune. 

J. Raymond Schutz, Pastor. 

North Vandergrift, Pa. Our first month with these fine 
brethren closes with February. We have not as yet called in 
every home, though fifty calls were made the first two weeks. 
The Sunday School attendance was 74 the first Sunday and 
the average for the month was 80. We have a gain of 3 the 
first Sunday of March over the first Sunday in February. 
Many of the men work Sunday morning or evening, as the 
steel mill is working all week. But even with their absence, 
the morning and evening services are well attended. About 
70 were present at the last evening service in February. 
Sixty-seven were present at the first evening service in 
March — thirty-three of these were adults and thirty-four 
were young people and children. 

The annual business meeting was well attended. The of- 
fering for The Brethren Home and Superannuated Ministers 
showed an increase of 125 percent over last year. One hun- 
dred church bulletins are distributed each Sunday and we will 
increase this to 125 in March. Pray for the work here wth 
us. Elmer Keck, pastor. 

Fremont, Ohio. On Febi-uary 22nd a Boy's Club was par- 
tially organized. We met at the church with Rev. Clarence 
Fairbanks in charge. The afternoon was spent with the boys 
by leading them in a short devotional service and then 
sprending the remainder of the time in building wren houses. 
Six boys were present, and more are expected at the next 
meeting, at which time we expect to have double that number 
present. Many were kept away because of sickness. Watch 
for more reports of the progress of this work. 

W. R. Fellers. 

Carleton, Nebraska. Since a series of meetings have just 
been brought to a close during the first week of March, in 
The Brethren Church here in Carleton, it was thought that 
the brotherhood might be interested in reading a report con- 
cerning it. 

The field was ripe unto harvest even though we have been 
without a pastor since January 1st, at which time Brother 
A. B. Cover left us to take over the pastorate of Linwood 
Md. We were able to secure Miss Emma Aboud, a thorough- 
ly orthodox Brethren, who through a greater part of this 
winter has been holding meetings in the Mid- West District 
She arrived here February 15th from Mulvane, Kansas 
where she had conducted a four weeks campaign. The meet 
ings proved to be highly inspirational and a most spiritua 
atmosphere prevailed throughout. 

March 22, 1941 


She exhibited by means of wearing apparel, the mode of 
dress of the natives in Palestine, as well as showing many 
other articles which are in common usage. This naturally 
enhanced the interest of her listeners. Her message rang 
true to whole Gospel practices and were convincing to saint 
and sinner alike. 

The visible results were twelve taking their stand for 
Christ and His church, the most of whom were Sunday School 
attendants. Class teachers realized the fruition of many 
hours spent in teaching Christian principles and many hearts 
were made to rejoice. Baptismal services saw ten applicants 
receiving the rite from the hands of the evangelist and these 
were received into the fellowship of the church. The two 
others will unite with the M. E. Church. 

At a called meeting of the church members the week of 
March 9th Miss Aboud was invited to stay on, temporarily, 
until the Missionary Board and the church here are able to 
secure a pastor for this field. She has accepted but feels 
her work is such that she is better qualified as a field evan- 

We solicit the prayers of the brotherhood in all efforts 
put forth that we may be doing His will in the effort to com- 
bat the agnosticism and apostacism of this day and age. 

Mrs. E. E. Lichty. 


On December 22, 1940, at the suggestion of the Board of 
Evangelists of Indiana and the invitation of the Teegarden 
Church, the writer became the pastor of this church. I found 
here a group of people faithful and loyal to the Brethren 

Plans were immediately begun for a revival meeting. The 
new pastor was to do the preaching and conduct the song 
service. The meeting began on Sunday morning, Feb. 16th, 
and continued over March 2nd. At once we ran into the 
coldest weather of the winter. One morning it was six de- 
crees below zero. Weather or no weather the people came, 
rhe attendance was very good. 

There were delegations from seven churches and most of 
i;hese brought a special musical number. There was at least 
me visiting minister each evening. One night there were 
'our present. The preacher was invited to speak at the 
Tyner high school. He had a good time doing so and hopes 

he boys and girls were not too much disappointed in his 


My home during the two weeks was with the Ben N. Smith 
amily. What care they take of the evangelist. Thank you, 
iimiths. lEvery day found me being entertained in the homes 
if the members and how they feed you. One day was spent 
(1 the home of a Church of the Brethren minister. What a 
jay of Christian fellowship. 

j What the total results of the meeting will be only eternity 
Hll reveal. On the afternoon of March 2nd, eleven were bap- 
zed in the North Liberty baptistry. These eleven, with one 
ho came for a church home who had been baptized by tri- 
ne immersion, were received into the church. We thank 
16 Lord for this visible victory. 

One feature of the meeting that created a wide-spread in- 
vest was the daily Bible reading. The writer suggested 
1 attempt to read a number of verses equal to the number 
j: verses in the Bible or 31,102. This looked like a worth- 
hile goal. Reports of the reading done were given each 
'ening. At the end of the first week 65,868 verses were re- 
irted read. At the close of the meeting the total number 

reported read was 136,898. This amount is four and two 
fifths time the total number of verses in the Bible. This 
reading was done by the audience, any on who wished par- 
ticipating. Is this something, Mr. Editor, for some other 
church to shoot at in their meeting? 

The meeting was concluded with a Communion service on 
Monday evening. In spite of the very inclement weather 
there was a splendid attendance and a very fine spiritual at- 
mosphere. My appreciation is here-by expressed to every 
one who contributed in any way to the success of the meet- 
ing. H. E. Epply, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Our last days at Linwood coming as they did at the end 
of the calendar year made them extra busy ones. There 
were places to visit, packing to do and numerous things to 
receive attention. A very nice purse was given as a Christ- 
mas present by the church. This was used in the main to pay 
for a piece of furniture, a studio couch which we call The 
Linwood Couch. 

It was with considerable sadness that we left the place of 
service that we had liked so well, and the numerous friend.s 
that we had made in the duration of the pastorate. Going 
there we found a large debt, leaving, it was a satisfaction to 
leave them out of debt, a nice sized congregation and a bal- 
ance in the treasury of each auxiliary of the church. The 
congregation was united and ready for our successor, who is 
Rev. A. B. Cover. We hope he will like the country and com- 
munity as well as we did. The truck from Masontown came 
a day sooner than we had expected, the last day of 1940. 
Several of the Brethren came in promptly and a record load- 
ing job was accomplished. We spent the night in the par- 
sonage and the next forenoon began our trek to Masontown, 
arriving here at 2:00 in the afternoon. The weather for load- 
ing and traveling was as desirable as a person could wish for 
this time of the year. Our goods has been placed in the 
rooms of the parsonage, they having arrived a few minutes 
ahead of the New Year. The task of finding the things 
packed so recently has been the experience of every pastor. 
The folks were willing to render every help necessary, which 
was indeed appreciated. From the time Brother Flora left 
until we arrived a new furnace was installed in the parson- 
age. Friday night we were given a reception at the church 
which was largely attended by the people of the community 
and neighboring pastors. The first Sunday was rather a 
disagreeable day as far as the weather was concerned, but 
there was a good attendance to look over the new preacher. 
The attendance has been good for all services, mid-week 

The church stands well in the community, and there 's 
plenty of room for growth, in a very fertile field. Plans are 
being made for additional Sunday School rooms. This is the 
home of the ancestors of the writer, the Macks. Our great 
grandfather, John Mack, was bom here, growing up, marry- 
ing, and coming to Brownsville, Ohio, bringing his father 
Jacob with him. John was a brother to Jacob Mack, the 
Dunker preacher of the middle of the last century. The 
name Mack is an introduction to the older residents of the 
community. All the preceding pastors have numerous friends 
here. Dr. Shively seems to be the "Nestor" of them all, as 
I am frequently asked concerning him, by both Protestant 
and Catholic. While the field here is one that will respond 
it is not an easy field. The work is unlimited, and the growth 
will be as the church and pastor work together to that end. 

Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 






Important Information Concerning 

the New Brethren Publication Building 

LOCATION: North side of College Avenue, opposite the College Campus. 

SIZE OF LOT: Frontage of 50 feet on College Avenue; depth of lot var- 
ies, being 100 feet on one side and 120 feet on the other. The Pub- 
lishing Company holds a contract for an additional 40 foot frontage, 
pending court disposition of an estate. This we hope soon to have 

SIZE OF BUILDING: 45 by 80 feet. One story with basement under the 
entire building. 

CONSTRUCTION: Brick outside; tile backing where the law permits. To 
be made as nearly fire-proof as possible. 

DIVISION: Six offices and display room, which room will also be avail- 
able for Board meetings. 

ESTIMATED COST: Between $10,000.00 and $12,000.00, depending upon 
the type of structure demanded by the state. 

TIME OF STARTING CONSTRUCTION: Depends on the weather con- 
ditions, which have been such that no work has been possible as yet. 
The sewer has been tapped. Plans for the building must be approved 
by the building commission at Columbus. The plans have tentitively 
been drawn. We hope to present them to the readers of The Evan- 
gelist in a few weeks. 

AMOUNT OF MONEY ALREADY ON HANDS: Our publication offer- 
ing up to the present time (March 12th) amounts to over $4,200.00. 
This includes, of course, the original $2,000.00 gift. We expect the 
amount to reach the $5,000.00 mark by the time all the offerings 
are in. 

$5,000.00 and this may be had at the rate of iVz 9'f • We are still hop- 
ing that we will be able to have much of this amount given by the 
brethren before our General Conference in August. 


1. Does away with a monthly rental of $61.00. Makes provision for 
rent which the Mission Board pays which will amount to an ad- 
ditional $12.00 per month. Also makes provision for additional 
office space for other interests of the church, which the church 
may designate from time to time. 

2. The move lowers the rate of insurance. 

3. Lowers the fuel costs, since two furnaces are now in use in the pre- 
sent building, which is very hard to heat. 

4. Advisable to locate in new place because it is directly across from 
the College and tends to centralize the church activities. 

5. Present location is poor from the standpoint of parking facilities 
and in a section of the city not in keeping with the business. 

6. The present building is a distinct fire hazard. 

7. The present building is being offered for sale. 

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Vol. LXIII, No. 13 

March 29, 1941 

"Singers, sing! 
The hoary world 
Needs reminder of its youth. 
Prophets tell! 
The darkness lies 
On the labyrinths of truth; 
Builder, build! Let rocks uprise 
Into cities, 'neath thy hand; 
Farmer, till! the sun and rain 
Hearken for the seed's demand; 
Artist paint! Thy canvases 
Patiently convey thy soul; 
Writer, write! With pen blood-dripped 
Trace no segment, but the whole: 
Teacher, teach! Thyself the creed — 
Only that a child may know; 
Dreamer, dream! Nor hide thy face 
Though thy castles crumble low. 
Where the toiler turns the sod 
Man beholds the living God." 

— Richard Wightman. 

If we will trust in God at all times for everything, 

We may trust in Him at anytime for anything. 

Thank God every morning thai 
He has given you a task for the 
dag. Then seek to do it. 

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Interesting Items 2 

The Spiritual Dynamic in a Materialistic Age — W. E. R. . . 3 

Present Privilege — Future Glory — Rev. J. Milton Bowman 4 

The Believer's Inheritance — Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 5 

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name — iviiss Donna Rupert 7 

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iJ<:lements of Gospel Forgiveness — Rev. J. G. Dodds 10 

"Jesus, Blessed Jesus" (Poem) — Edna Shearer 11 

February Benevolent Board Offering Report 11 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) 12 

Whose is the Responsibility? — Rev. Chester Zimmerman 13 

Our Children's Department IJ 

Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People : .3 

Among the Churches IC 

WORD FROM REV. S. C. HENDERSON, pastor of oui 
Roanoke, Indiana Church tells us that Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 
pastor of our Huntington, Indiana Church, entered the Luth- 
eran Hospital at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for an operation. Nc 
doubt. Brother Oberholtzer will appreciate a card from you 

WE ARE GLAD TO PRESENT another article from ow 
of the students of Ashland College. These articles are in- 
teresting and tell us of the spiritual attitude of our students 
We hope to present more of these from time to time. 

WORD COMES THAT Dr. Wm. H. Beachler, pastor of oui 
HagerstowTi, Md. Church has been on leave-of-absence fronr, 
his work for a few weeks and is in Ohio recruperating froir 
his recent illness. We hope to hear of his speedy recovery. 

THE OHIO PASTORS are meeting this week (Mar. 26, 27): 
at the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church, in their spring 
Pastor's Retreat. The Ohio District Executive Committee is, 
also meeting to prepare the District conference program 
The conference vnll be held this year in the New Lebanor 
Brethren Church. In the absence of Dr. G. C. Carpenter 
President of the Ohio Ministerum, Rev. J. G. Dodds, Vice 
President will be in charge. 

THE FIRST CALL has gone forth from the General Con-, 
ference Executive Secretary, Bro. N. V. Leatherman, for the, 
preparation for the General conference program. The con- 
ference will be held at Ashland, Ohio, August 25-31, 1941 
Those responsible for the various parts of the program are 
urged to respond as soon as possible. 

THE INITIAL REPORT of the Treasurer of the Benevo- 
lent Board appears in this issue. The second of these re-: 
ports will, no doubt, soon make its appearance. Have you 
sent your offering in yet? Send it to Rev. L. V. King 
Treasurer, Oakville, Indiana. 

ON TOWARD THE $5000.00 MARK. Our report of The 
Brethren Publishing Company offering shows an advance 
each week. The total to date shows $4,389.24 in the fund 
now. Watch for the date of our "ground breaking." 

By the way, have you given your DOLLAR to this fund 

what we need. Remember we have promised not to use one 
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M?.ny of the devices by which men allay 
the pangs of disturbed conscience and with 
which they justify their questionable con- 
duct are purely self-deceptive. By loud and 
frequent declamations against the "unright- 
eousness" of their opposition they convince 
themselves of their own righteousness, and 
the process of self-deception is complete — 
until the final day of reckoning and rude 
awakening comes. Or so it seems to me. 





For more than twenty years, in fact since the 
first world war, the world has been engrossed in ma- 
terial things, in political dominion and systems of 
government, in commerce, in education, in money, 
and in SELF, while the world has almost forgotten 
spiritual values. 

In America, as elsewhere, one of our chief aims 
has been material things. If we have not had much 
of the world's goods, at least we have been led to be- 
lieve that the "chief good" consists of things. In 
many cases the aim has not been to lay up for a 
rainy day, but to possess and so to excel and to thus 
gain the plaudits of men and power among them. 
This attitude h?.s not been confined to men of wealth 
and social position, but it has touched all ranks and 
strata of society, the banker, the merchant, the 
farmer, in short "the butcher, the baker and the 
candlestick maker." 


Another source of our trust or confidence has been 
I that more or less intangible thing which we call 
Democracy. No one seems to know exactly what it 
is, but it is most often thought of as a "govern- 
jment by the people and for the people". During the 
'world war, we fought (so people said), to make the 
world safe for Democracy, and Democracy became 
our god. We are now getting ready to fight a war 
to preserve our Democracy. There are many peo- 
ple today, who are questioning as to whether or not 
(Democracy can survive in an age like this. 


J Hand in hand with Democracy has gone our ideal 
jof education. If laws are made by the people, then 
people must be educated to make these laws. Since 
1800, we have attempted to put a little red school 
house on each six sections of land; and we have en- 
dowed Colleges and Universities great and small to 
[spread learning throughout the land. Leading edu- 
jcators are beginning today to see that education is 
inot enough, and they are now talking in terms of 
character education. Why character education? Be- 
cause the forces which have been making American 
manhood have somewhere failed, and something 
must be done. 

Man's trust in science has been almost childish. 
Science has given us our steam engines to propel our 
steamships and railway trains; our gas engines to 
give us demon speed along our highways and power 
to soar through the air like birds; science has har- 
nessed the electric current and turned the night in- 
to day ; science has probed into the bowels of the 
earth and brought forth riches ; science has measur- 
ed the stars of the heavens and all but given us life 
itself, — perhaps some have thought — perhaps to- 
morrow she can give us life and solve the mystery 
of the universe. 


All of the material progress and advancement of 
the age has not made man humble; but has given 
him unbounded confidence in self and led to a psy- 
chology, whose keynote is "self-expression." This 
psychology says, give expression to your emotions 
and you will achieve your best. Supress nothing, 
express all. This coupled with a materialistic evolu- 
tionary conception of life, which says that man is 
only a superior animal, places life at its lowest ebb. 

Empty Pews 

Perhaps the title Empty Pews may seem far re- 
moved from what has been said in the above state- 
ments, but it is not. Empty pews indicate a lack of 
spirituality in this materalistic age. What the mul- 
titudes are failing to see is that wealth. Democracy, 
education, and science are what we make them. 
Science for instance is impersonal. It is organized 
knowledge. It is neither good nor bad. In the hands 
of selfish, godless, warlike men, it serves selfish, 
godless and war-like purposes. On the other hand, 
science in the hands of godly, altruistic and peace- 
ful men, serves godly, altruistic and peaceful ends. 

The Spiritual Dynamic 

The great need of our age, and every age, is to re- 
discover the source of spiritual power, and WE 
KNOW full well that this can be found only in God 
through Christ Jesus our Lord. We, who know Him, 
should rely more fully upon Him and less upon the 
world and its ways. A great task and a great privi- 
lege is ours to make known the unsearchable rich- 
es of Christ Jesus our Lord. There can be no solu- 
tion to the world's problems apart from the spirit- 
ual dynamic and He who reigns above. W. E. R. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Present Privileges Future Glory 

Rev. J. Milton Bowman 

"I offer you nothing but toil and blood and tears !" 
said Winston Churchill, Times Magazine's choice as 
the world's outstanding character for 1940. He 

was holding up one 
way of life versus an- 
other way of life 
sponsored by the dic- 
tators. Not only sol- 
diers, sailors, and avi- 
ators, but also the ci- 
vilian populations are 
gladly making the su- 
preme sacrifice of 
toil mixed with blood 
and tears, in the hope 
of a better way of life. 
There is a feverish 
race against time; a 
mad effort to bend 
every enegry, to 
strengthen the softened mental and physical tissues, 
and a willingness to sacrifice, not only all material 
and physical blessings and comforts, but even mil- 
lions of lives, if need be, for the hope of this way of 
life. And what is the future reward and glory? The 
hope that the ideals of the past few generations may 
not be dissipated, and in addition, perhaps, a mili- 
tary decoration, the plaudits of the world, an imprint 
upon the pages of history, or perhaps a memorial on 
bronze or stone. What a price is exacted for such 
glory ! 

The children of this world, however, are indeed 
more sensible at times than the children of light. 
We have a blessed hope in Christ Jesus, the Son of 
the living God. We have the most wonderful way 
of life that the mind and heart of God could con- 
ceive. But it is being undermined either by subver- 
sive elements, or by the soft inertia within our- 
selves. Yet we make only feeble efforts to meet the 
challenge. We are ambassadors of Christ (in Christ's 
stead) representatives of Him — but are we? We 
do not seem to be willing to accept the toil, and blood 
and tears of sacrifice and struggle — to work and 
sweat in the power of the Spirit; to toil feverishly 
against time, in order to overcome the terrible blitz- 
kreig of Satan. We fail to live up to the privileges 
we have of presenting to a sin-sick world — a dis- 
tressed world — the blessings of the Glad Tidings of 
love. We flounder around and muddle through. 

lacking in the unity of the Spirit, wasting precious 
time in bickering and inefficiency, while the dive 
bombers of Satan are blasting many souls into ever- 
lasting destruction because we have failed to invite 
them into the shelter of the rock Christ Jesus. 

If the children of the world consider it an honor to 
die for an imperfect way of life, we as soldiers of 
the cross, should count it a wonderful privilege to 
sacrifice and sweat drops of blood, if necessary, for 
the greatest cause in the world. Paul counted it a 
privilege to practice what he preached. Listen to 
him! "We then as workers together with Him be- 
seech you also that ye receive not the grace of God 
in vain. . . . behold now is the accepted time ; now is 
the day of salvation. Giving no offence in any thing 
that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things 
approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much 
patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 
in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, 
in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowl- 
edge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy 
Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by 
the power of God, by the armour of righteousness, 
on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dis- 
honour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers 
and yet true, as unknown and yet well known; as 
dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not 
killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, 
yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yeti 
possessing all things." 2 Coi*. 6:1-10. 

We see here the spirit of sacrifice, of intensity, 
of effort, of haste, of driving power, of reckless 
abandonment, of every faculty of the personality 
keyed to the prosecution of the great cause, in a 
tremendous emergency. This is a clarion call to The 
Brethren Church! The Brethren ministry should' 
awaken! The Brethren laity should come to life!' 
We should get a vision of the great unfinished task!' 
We should give dollars where we now give dimes! 
We should give spirit-filled lives where we now give' 
only lip service. 

Some dollar diplomacy would help the cause ol 
Christ. A large church had a service and asked for^ 
an offering. An audience of about eight hundred 
gave a little over six dollars — less than one cent pei 
person — for a good cause. Our world vision is in, 
pennies, nickles and dimes, when consecrated dollar^' 
should be laid on the altar of sacrifice. In contrast 

March 29, 1941 

to the above offering, the Christian Missionary Al- 
Hance gave twenty-four dollars per member for mis- 
sions in one year. We are using dollar diplomacy in 
this sense: to diplomatically divert some of our in- 
come being spent on non-essentials or luxuries to 
the cause of Christ which giveth life. It can be done 
on our present incomes. Let us change the state- 
ment "freely ye have received," gi-udgingly we have 
been giving to the freely received, cheerfully given 
motto. Prove the Lord and watch the blessings 
flow ! Let us voluntarily enlist our time, talents and 
income, to help bring ultimate victory to the cause 
of Christ. Buckle your belt about you! Forward 
in Christ's name! 

And the glory? Satisfaction will be ours in this 
life if we live up to present privileges. When we re- 
ceive our final reward of victory, after proving our- 
selves good soldiers of Jesus Christ, there will be no 

more sorrow, nor death, nor heartache. Yes, we 
shall have Communion and unity with Deity, peace 
and quiet rest near to the heart of God; fellowship 
or familyship with the redeemed of all time, with 
God Himself. We shall have a life that is full of 
light, and love, and music, which will thrill us 
through all eternity. We shall have eternal life, 
adoption into the famiiy of God, a crown of rejoic- 
ing, a crown of righteousness, a crown of life, a 
crown of glory ! The suffering of this world cannot 
be compared with the glory we shall obtain, when 
we see Christ face to face. "If we suffer with Him 
we shall also reign with Him." We shall be like 
Him for we shall see Him as He is." The glorious 
satisfaction, both in this life and in the life to come 
will be due in part, at least, to the manner in which 
we live up to our present privileges. 

Nappanee, Indiana. 







THERE is a rich and abundant inheritance await- 
ing all believers in Christ, issuing from the 
eternal pui-pose and will of God, even from 
before the foundation of the world. Man is the 
crowning work of God's creation and has been the 
object of His infinite love and supreme interest from 
the beginning. The entrance of sin into the world 
obstructed the love and beneficence of God, but His 
mercy continued to abound, for "God is not willing 
that any should perish, but that all should come to 
repentance," for which He has made gracious and 
ample provision. Indeed, "God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life." But in this wonderful declaration 
there stands the unalterable condition, "'believeth 
in Him," and when sin perverted the minds and 
hearts of men they became the children and bond- 
servants of the devil, and, as such, they receive only 
i"the wages of sin, which is death," and are unable 
to share in "'the free gift of God, which is eternal 
life, through Jesus Christ our Lord," (Rom. 8:23). 

How encouraging are the many assuring state- 
ments of Holy Writ. Let us notice a few of them: 
"God commendeth his love toward us, in that while 
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," (Rom. 5: 
8) . "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all ac- 
ceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to 
save sinners", (I Tim. 1:15). "Who gave himself 
for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity", 
(Tit. 2:14). "Who died for us, that whether we 
wake or sleep, we should live together with him", 
(I Thess. 5:10). "For ye are all the children of God 
by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:26). "As many as 
received him, to them gave he power to become the 
sons of God, even to them that beheve on his name, 
which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the 
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God", (John 1 : 
12, 13). How carefully and accurately this state- 
ment has been worded. Let us go on, "For as many 
as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of 
God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage 

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again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of 
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spir- 
it Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we 
are the children of God; and if children, then heirs; 
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be 
that we suffer with him, that we may be also glori- 
fied together", (Rom. 8:14-17). "For ye are all the 
children of God by faith in Christ Jesus", (Gal. 3: 
26). "Therefore let no man glory in men, for all 
things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cep- 
has, or the world, or life, or death, or things pres- 
ent, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are 
Christ's; and Christ is God's", (I Cor. 3:21-23). "0 
the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowl- 
edge of God ! How unsearchable are his judgments 
and his ways past finding out," (Rom. 11:33). The 
promises of God are many and most assuring. The 
requirements for sonship and heirship are clearly 
stated, nor are they too exclusive or difficult for 
any one. 

The Jews are considered the chosen people of God. 
Upon two things, their lineal descent from Abi-aham 
and the law given to them through Moses, they have 
based their exclusive claim to be the children of God 
and heirs of the promises. But note again the Word 
of God, "He saith not. And of seeds, as of many; but 
as one. And of seed, which is Christ", (Gal. 3:16). 
Christ is therefore the true descendent of Abraham, 
because of Abraham's faith, and all who believe in 
Christ are His brethren, and "joint-heirs with Him." 
"For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanc- 
tified, are all one; for which cause he is not ashamed 
to call them brethren", (Heb. 1:11). Again Paul 
says, "The promise that he should be the heir of the 
world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through 
the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For 
if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made 
void, and the promise is made of none effect;. . . . 
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; 
to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; 
not to that only which is of the law, but to that also 
which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father 
of us all", (Rom. 4:13-16). "Christ hath redeemed 
us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for 
us ; . . . that the blessing of Abraham might come on 
the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might 
receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" 
(Gal. 3:13, 14). "There is neither Jew nor Greek, 
there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male 
nor female ; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And 
if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and 
heirs according to the promise", (Gal. 3:28, 29). To 
this we may add the words of Peter, "God is no re- 
specter of persons ; but in every nation he that fear- 
eth him, and worketh righteousness is accepted of 
him", (Acts 10:34, 35). But, lest we misunderstand 
this statement, let us consider the words of Jesus, 

"This is the work of God, that ye beheve on him 
whom he hath sent", (John 6:29). 

The believers' inheritance then is decidely a "free 
gift of God", and is in no manner achieved, earned or 
merited. It is verily bequeathed by God only to His 
children, who, by His grace, through their faith in 
Jesus Christ and the regenerating and sanctifying 
work of the Holy Spirit, have been adopted into the 
family of God. The Scriptures quoted, and many 
others, clearly indicate that the believers' inherit- 
ance centers in Christ, "Whom God hath appointed 
heir of all things", (Heb. 1:2). He is ours and we 
are His. Having Christ, we have all. "Christ is all, 
and in all", (Col. 3:11). "God is able to make all 
grace abound toward you ; that ye, always having all 
sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good 
work", (2 Cor. 9:8). 

The believers' inheritance begins the moment he 
accepts Christ. As it is said, "He that believeth on 
the Son, hath everlasting life." It is a present pos- 
session, but it is everlasting. 

The believer has many trials and temptations in 
this world, but triumphs over them, while the unbe- 
liever is overcome. The believer trusts in the prom- 
ise that all things will work together for his good 
(Rom. 8:28). Jesus said, "In the world ye shall 
have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have over- 
come the world." Again, He said, "Let not your 
heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in 
me. In my Father's house are many mansions ; . . . 
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and pre- 
pare a place for you, I will come again, and receive 
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be 
also." In everlasting peace and love and joy we shall 
live and reign with Christ and all the redeemed, 
crowned with glory and robed in His righteousness 
and sharing in His regal splendors and priestly min- 
istrations. Freed from the limitations of the flesh, 
we shall serve our Lord with gladness, joyfully ac- 
claim His praise and join with all the ransomed host 
in songs of deliverance. What an inheritance is 
ours! It is impossible to properly evaluate it. Je- 
sus said, "What shall it profit a man if he shall gain 
the whole world and lose his own soul?" 

"Life and love are there far beyond our knowing. 
Pleasures unalloyed with pain. 
Harvesting with joy after tearful sowing. 
Losses recompensed with gain." 

Huntington, Indiana 


Come now and let us reason together: 
the Church is the Divinely created 
. custodian of God's teachings 
in the world. 

March 29, 1941 

All Hail 


The following article was written by one of the 
members of the Girls' Gospel Team of Ashland Col- 
lege, and is worthy of a wide reading, as coming 
from one of our own College students. 

ower or jesus 




Miss Donna Rupert 

THE hymn, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name", 
is one of the greatest ever written. The au- 
thor, Edward Perronet, was a good friend of 
John Wesley, the great English Protestant leader. 

There is a story that comes down to us concern- 
ing Perronet and Wesley. 

John Wesley wanted to hear Perronet preach but 
Perronet, for some reason, would not preach before 
Wesley. One day Wesley, seeing Perronet in his 
congi'egation, announced that his friend would 
preach the next morning. Perronet did not want to 
make a scene, so the next morning he mounted the 
pulpit, explained that he had not consented to preach 
and felt that he could not, but nevertheless he would 
give them the best sermon that had ever been de- 
livered. Thereupon he opened the Bible and read 
The Sermon on the Mount from beginning to end 
without comment. A song and a prayer finished the 

Perronet was right. The Sermon on the Mount is 
the greatest sermon ever delivered. Every lover of 
the Bible finds himself unconsciously turning time 
and again to the fifth, sixth and seventh chapters of 
Matthew, where he discovers the Beatitudes, Our 
Lord's prayer, the Golden Rule. It is to this portion 
of the Scripture that we turn. Read that which is 
found in Matthew 5:14-16, where it begins, "Ye are 
the light of the world." Every one is familiar with 
these verses, but how many of us realize the full 
isignificance — the complete meaning — of these 
words of Jesus? Too often we take these familiar 
words for granted — repeat them without thinking 
until they become jargon, a meaningless chant. So 
let us rediscover the significance of Christ's words, 
"Ye are the light of the world." 

What kind of a light does Jesus mean ? 

Have you ever had a chance to watch a log fire 
:losely? Have you noticed the varied colors that 
shine in the flames as the logs burn down to ashes ? 
Solitary woodsman believe that every color to which 
;i tree has been exposed in its lifetime will glow in 
|the fire when that tree is burned. We can see the 
pink and violet of the dawning day; the purple an- 
ger of the thunder cloud ; the brilliant orange of the 
:ioon-day sun, and the velvet blackness of the eve- 

ning sky. But the tree has very little choice about 
the colors it absorbs. It can only struggle upward 
toward the sunlight, or stretch out its branches to 
greet the sky. 

Life does to men what fire does to trees. It makes 
them burn in their own true colors. The selfish man 
gives off a black and smudgy light — not truly a 
light — rather a choking smoke — because darkness is 
all that has come into his soul. The vengeful per- 
son burns with a smouldering red — for that is the 
chief color he has taken into his heart. Yet there 
is no reason why every one of us cannot shine stead- 
ily with a beautiful silvery whiteness — the pure ra- 
diance of a life lived according to the standards set 
by Christ. 

This is the light that Jesus meant when He said, 
"Ye are the light of the world", the steady radiance 
of Christian ideals and purposes. 

Jesus further adds, "A city set on a hill cannot be 
hid." It has been said that Christians are the 
world's Bible. People who never read a word of 
either the Old or New Testament will read the lives 
of those who profess to draw their inspiration from 
God's Word and will judge accordingly. They will 
form their opinion of Christ and His Kingdom from 
those who call themselves Christian. "A city set on 
a hill CANNOT be hid." Here we see that a Chris- 
tian's position as connected with the kingdom of 
heaven forbids his light from being completely hid 
from sight. 

Indeed, it is the duty of a follower of Christ to 
see that he is not artificially hid. "Neither do men 
light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a 
stand, and it shineth forth unto all that are in the 
house." This illustration lends itself so beautifully 
to the needed caution against the shrinking violet 
attitude without giving the least encouragement to 
the opposite vice of a show-off. Why does light 
shine? Simply because it cannot help it. It is its 
nature. Without effort or even consciousness, and 
without noise, it quietly does its duty. The inner 
light of good living cannot help but shine forth with 
a pure radiance. 

But the church suffers sorely from bushel-cover- 
ed lights, those who are genuinely Christian, but 
who do all they can to hide it, refusing to speak on 



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the subject; afraid to show earnestness even when 
they feel it most, carefully repressing every impulse 
to let their light shine before men. 

They are like the "Lantern Bearers". About one 
hundred years ago the young men of a small north- 
ern village in Scotland formed a club called the 
"Lantern Bearers". The badge of membership was 
a lighted lantern which each carried at night. But 
since the club was secret they covered the lights 
with the long cloaks everyone wore in those days. 
So carefully did they cover them that few people 
ever found out they were carrying lanterns. The 
members knew there was a light under each cloak 
and that was enough for them. 

Too many Christians are like that. They hide 
their light under a bushel — clutch the lantern of 
their belief under their cloaks. How many in oui- 
Christian communities are constantly haunted by a 
nervous fear lest people sliould think them forward. 

Foi' one person who makes a parade of his Chris- 
tianity there are a hundred who want always to 
shrink into a corner. This is not modesty; it is a 
sign of an unnatural self-consciousness. The dis- 
ciples of Christ should act simply, naturally, un- 
consciously — neither making a display on one hand 
or hiding their light on the other. So the Master 
puts it most beautifully and suggestively: "Let your 
light so shine before men, that they may see your 
good works" (not the worker — that is of no conse- 
quence — but the WORKS), "and glorify your Fath- 
er which is in heaven." 

So we have Jesus' definition of a Christian — the 
light of the world. He presents a challenge. Let 
us accept that challenge and let our light so shine 
before men that they may see our good works and 
glorify our Father which is in heaven. 

Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 





Heb. 2:1, "Now faith is an assurance of things 
hoped for, a conviction of things not seen." 


HIS great chapter concerns itself with the fact, 
the exercise and the issues of faith than which 
there is nothing greater in the catalogue of 
human experience. One of the most solemn pro- 
nouncements in all matters of human affairs and one 
most deeply affecting man's inner life is that of 
verse 6 which wholly and without reservation states 
that without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing 
unto God. 

We laud ourselves with being an intellectual peo- 
ple and a learned generation. But have we really 
given enough seriously intelligent thought to God 
and to His expectations of us ? A state examiner of 
automobile drivers sharply charged that so many 
drivers do not think. He added that I, as a minister 
of the Gospel, would well know that people general- 



o( Faith 

ly do little thinking. And I am minded that psycho- 
logists rather generally charge that we do not use 
the thinking powers with which we are endowed as 
we should use them. 

The result is evident. The unthinking driver, a 
creature of habit — and often of wrong habits at 
that, adds greatly to the dangers of the highway and 
becomes a menace. The unthinking person, not hav- 
ing souglit out the materials of thought and not us- 
ing such inborn powers as he might have, becomes 
little more than an automaton, a blank personality, 
or makes himself a burden to his fellows because of 
wrong habits of life. Failure to consider spiritual 
issues in a properly serious light leads to spiritual 
negations or to acceptance of downright untruths. 

If men would only think, making use of the real 
materials of thought which are those very first 
truths beyond which the mind of man cannot go, 
and which are received and accepted more because 
of tlieir reasonableness in and necessity to the pat- 
tern of life than because they can be mathematical- 
ly demonstrated to be true — if men would only ser- 
iously and consistently dwell upon these truths, the 
things of faith and of God would appear in the most 

March 29, 1941 


reasonable and useful light. The exercise of faith in 
spiritual things is just as sensible as to expect re- 
sults from any one of the thousand and one physical 
processes with which we are familiar in our material 
world. In fact, faith in the Being and Word of God 
is the most sensible and reasonable thing in the 

What is this faith which is necessary in our rela- 
tions to God, which is so sensible and reasonable 
and without which there is no real thinking? Our 
text says it "is an assurance of things hoped for, a 
conviction of things not seen." 

There are many things for which people hope; 
things righteous, things unrighteous, and things of 
no concern. There are many things people desire 
to have, yet they have not seen the realization of 
their desires. It can hardly be true that faith has 
aught to do with anything but the righteous and 
that which is attached to the Person and Promise of 
God. Faith, in the Scriptural sense, always reach- 
es out towards God. It, then, is an assurance of 
those hoped-for things centering in the Person and 
Promise of God. It is a conviction of the unseen 
things that emanate from the Character and Life of 
God. It is not strange at all that without faith it is 
impossible to be well-pleasing unto God, for to dis- 
own such faith is to disown God Himself. 

Faith is, therefore, the highest type of thought 
and the most sensible sort of reason and logic. It 
accepts God as the One whose existence is a suffi- 
cient explanation of all creative work. It takes Him 
at His Word and finds therein the answer to the 
riddle of the universe, to the existence of man, and 
•to the problem of sin. These are basic problems and 
fundamental issues in all true thinking. Small won- 
der that the Scripture asserts that the fear (awed 
comprehension) of God is the beginning of knowl- 
edge (Prov. 1:7). 

The dearest and noblest hopes of the human heart 
md life have to do with the things that touch upon 
jod. Honest and serious-minded folks recognize 
nan's deep need. Out of this great need grows the 
lighest aspirations of the human soul: the desire 
or cleansing and forgiveness ; for righteousness and 
icceptance with God; for life and blessing and 
ternal riches. These, and more, become fond hopes 
■i burdened and aspiring hearts. Yet to merely hope 
or a thing is not enough. To be assured of its pos- 
ession will alone satisfy. But these are possessions 
hat one does not touch, or taste, or see. Assurance 
f possession must therefore come about in another 
'ay. It is the way of faith. 

I make a purchase in a store, the clerk wraps it 
p and I take it home ; the package in my hand as- 
ares me of its possession. I heed God's Word for 
16 receiving of His blessing, and faith's appropia- 
on of the promise becomes equal assurance that I 

possess the hoped-for thing. I cannot please God 
without faith, for I cannot deal with God without it. 
He moves in the realm to which faith belongs as 
surely as my store clerk moves in the realm of ma- 
terial possessions. 

Faith is the conviction of that which is not seen. 
I can see my store purchase, and so I know I have 
it. I cannot, with the same eyes, see what I secure 
in my transaction with God when I believe His Word 
to the salvation of my soul. Or in any transaction 
with Him. Yet I may know that I possess it by His 
grace. I can know it by taking Him at His Word 
and believing and obeying what He says. The trans- 
action is concluded on the basis of an agreement be- 
between us two, as is any transaction. My confidence 
in the integrity of God leads me to commit myself 
to Him, according to agreement, in the belief that 
He will deliver over to me what He says. Though 
this "commodity" is unseen, I know I have it; for 
faith is the conviction that it has become mine. 

Without faith one can never please God, for with- 
out faith one can have no dealings with Him. Faith 
assures us that we have what is aspired to in Christ, 
and convinces us that it is our true and real posses- 
sion, though unseen. Experience proves the reality 
to be greater than the anticipation and makes clear 
the soundness of faith which is seen to be logical 
and reasonable and necessary. 

Stockton, Calif. 



We are presenting herewith a continuation of the report 
of gifts received for the new Publishing House. 

Balance as reported March 22, 1941 $4328.24 

Brethren Church, New Lebanon, Ohio 20.00 

Washington D. C. Brethren Church* 23.00 

Mrs. .T. F. Sutton, Bellaire, Ohio 4.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. D Stuckman, Johnstown, Pa 10.00 

Billings, Montana (By Melinda Thomas) 4.00 

Total to date $4389.24 


All of our friends will be interested in knowing that we 
now have the deeds to the property for our new building. 
This gives us a total of 90 feet fronting on College Avenue. 
We are now ready to send the blue prints to the Industrial 
Commission for approval. 

We thank you again for these splendid gifts which have 
made the new building a possibility. Again thanks. 

A correction from the report of March 22 should be noted. 
Mr. & Mrs. H. B. Imboden, and Barnard, Lester and Loy Im- 
boden were listed under the Muncie, Indiana Church whereas 
they should have been listed as members of the Mt. Zion Ohio 
Congregation. We offer our apologies for this slip. 

W. E. R. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


The Editors Speak 


Rev. J. G. l>odds 


When we begin to recognize our debt to God we 
will instantly be alarmed at the immense sum owing 
to God. In the parable (Matt. 18:23-35) the debt is 
stated in terms of talents; each talent represents a 
large sum. Each sin against God is tremendously 
great. The most important effect of personal sin is 
that it disqualifies a man for that fellowship with 
God for which he was created. It separates him 
from God and thus embarrasses and distorts that 
relation to God for which his nature calls. It does 
not alter God, but it changes the relation between 
HIM and man. Man's guilt results from the com- 
mission of sin. God has exacted a penalty for sin. 
By penalty in connection with sin is meant the var- 
ious evils for the sinner which by God's appointment 
follows his sin. God works through the agencies 
that He has created. He has so constituted the un- 
iverse that sin brings penalty. Penalty is the con- 
sequence of sin. When we examine the consequence 
of sin, we must accept the general view that the 
elements of penalty embrace the existence of guilt 
itself, the sense of remorse, a condemning conscience 
and man's rejection of the holy and loving God. The 
disapproval of God follows necessarily upon human 
guilt. Sin is hostile to God's character and will, and 
ruinous to the creature whom He loves, therefore He 
hates it. Deterioration is certain when sin has en- 
tered the human heart. Sin naturally works noth- 
ing good but brings in various evils. Guilt can nev- 
er be annihilated, and relief from it can never be 
found only in God's forgiveness. If guilt is the state 
of one who has sinned, the apposite of guilt is inno- 
cence, the state of one who has not sinned, but when 
sin has been committed the only available opposite 
of guilt is the state of forgiveness. 


To forgive is to say to one who has done wrong, 
"I do not think of you or feel toward you as one who 
has wronged me; I do not hold the injury in my 
heart against you ; I leave it completely out of my 
thoughts, so that it will not remain as a barrier be- 
tween you and me. I feel kindly and sincerely to- 
wards you, as if you had never offended me." The 
word "pardon" is essentially the same in meaning, 
but forgiveness is a deeper word. "Pardon" is used 
more freely in an official sense, but "forgiveness" is 
the more personal word, expressive of more feeling. 

sympathy and love. One who forgives does not 
cease to know the sin, but he overlooks it in his ac- 
tion and feeling. Let us consider a father's forgive- 
ness towards his child. The father does not cease 
to know that the child has done wrong, for he can- 
not, but he ceases to have his feeling and action to- 
ward the child controlled by the fact of his wrong- 
doing; he overlooks that fact and allows considera- 
tions of love to determine how he should feel and 
act. When God forgives. His feeling and action 
toward the man are no longer governed by His con- 
demnation of the sin. 


Our prayer should be: "Forgive us our debts as 
we forgive our debtors." For our debt to God is 
immense. The temper that does not forgive cannot 
be forgiven because it is itself a proof that we have 
no idea of the debt we owe. We cannot forget the 
ten thousand talents as we exact the hundred, and 
in the act of exacting we bring back the burden of 
that greater debt upon ourselves. The New Testa- 
ment element of forgiveness presents a challenge to 
our hearts. With the precious promises of God be- 
fore us and with all the bitter remembrance of our 
shortcomings behind us, our Lord bids us bend daily 
before our gracious Father in heaven and say in 
penitent, humble confession: "Forgive us our debts 
as we forgive our debtors." "If we confess our sins, 
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to 
cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

The New Testament teaches us that to cherish in 
our hearts a spirit of unforgiveness toward one an- 
other is to isolate ourselves from the forgiving pow- 
er of God. Electricity cannot get in if it cannot get 
out. This is also true in like measure of forgive- 
ness. It is not always easy to forgive — so difficult 
at times no wonder that Li Hung Chang declares 
that Christianity is discouragingly difficult. It is 
only small souls that count forgiveness easy. The 
need of forgiveness, both on the part of the offend- 
ing one and on the pail of the one offended, is very 
great. According to Jesus, to deny forgiveness to 
another is to stultify our own lives. To refuse for- 
giveness is to embitter our own spirits. "If ye for- 
give men their trespasses, your heavenly Father 
will also forgive you, but if ye forgive not men their i 
trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father for- 
give your trespasses." (Matt. 6:14-15). 

"If I have wounded any soul today. 
If I have caused one foot to go astray, 
If I have walked in my own wilful way, 
Dear Lord, forgive. 

March 29, 1941 


If I have uttered idle words in vain, 
If I have turned aside from want or pain, 
If I myself shall suffer thru' the strain. 
Dear Lord, forgive. 

If I have been severe or hard or cold, 
If I have longed for shelter in Thy fold. 
When Thou hast given me some fort to hold. 
Dear Lord, forgive. 

Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee, 
Forgive the secret sins I do not see, 
guide me, love me, and my Keeper be. 
Dear Lord forgive." 


(Tune: Juanita) 

Jesus my Savior, Thou art more than life to me. 

I love Thee dearly. 

I have peace in Thee. 

By Thy love and mercy, Thou hast made me wholly 

Keep me true, Blest Jesus, 
By Thy Grace Divine. 

Chorus: Jesus, Blessed Jesus, 
Keep me near Thy bleeding side, 
Jesus, Blessed Jesus, 
Let me there abide. 

When life is over, with it's trials and heart-aches 

I shall be with Thee. 
Tears will flow no more. 
There through endless ages, Jesus I shall worship 

Lay my crown before Thee, 
Thou didst die for me. 

Chorus: Jesus, Precious Jesus, 
, ,May I ever faithful be, 
ji [Jesus, Precious Jesus, 
>ii|Thou art all to me. 


By Edna Shearer. 

Written for and dedicated to Rev. Janie Bradford, 
whose faithful Ministry and deep Spiritual life have 
been a great inspiration to me. 




Received before date of Offering Feb. 23rd: 

Restitution Publishing House $ 1.00 

Mr. and Mrss. Martin Goshorn (Clay City) .... 10.00 

West Alexandria W. M. S 5.00 

Mrs. Ellen G. Lichty 1.00 

i.xrs. C. W. Shaffer (Johnstown) 1.00 

Elkhart 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Franks (Philadelphia) 5.00 

Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Funderburg (Dayton) 5.00 

Brighton S. S 5.66 

Alice Conover (New Lebanon) 5.00 

Mary J. Wise (Canton) 8.00 

Received after date of offering in order given: 

Sunday School 15.82 

Kermit Cross and family 5.00 

Jr. W. M. S 5.00 

Golden Band Class 5.00 

L. V. King and family 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kern 5.00 

Optomistic S. S. Class 5.00 

Clifford Harry 5.00 

Offering 20.53 71.35 

Elkhart Altruist Class 5.00 

Ardmore 23.25 

Denver 15.40 


lEd. Suman 10.00 

Offering 13.08 23.03 


Golden Hour Class 5.00 

Church Offering 83.00 88.00 

Hamlin '. 25.30 

Dorcis Class (Louisville) 5.00 

New Paris 90.00 

Burlington 15.31 

Prof, and Mrs. Chas. Anspach (Ashland Ch.) .. 7.50 

Total for February $435.80 

Oakville's Offering came Monday morning after 
date of Offering. Ardmore's Offering on Monday 
evening. This total offering is good considering the 
fact that there were just five days in February af- 
ter the date of the offering. The largest amount 
always comes in during the month of March. So 
watch for March's report. 

For this month, New Paris leads with the largest 
offering. This should challenge some of the larger 
churches. That honor may go to some other church 
during March. 

L. V. King, Treasurer. 


The Brethren EvangeUst 

Worshipping Day by Day 

(Family Altar) 


Mark 9:33-37 

Ambition, when directed in the right sphere of 
activity, is a most commendable attitude. But there 
is a vast difference between the ambition which 
works toward an entirely selfish end and that 
which posseses an individual that will make him 
useful and helpful to all humanity. 

Jesus' answer to selfish ambition is found in the 
35th verse — "last, first" and "servant of all." 

Our ambitions should be marked by Jesus' sug- 


Isaiah 58:6-11 

The kindly hand that gives freely, will be the 
hand that will receive bountifully. Helpfulness is an 
attitude that grows with practice. 

Isaiah calls our attention to the fact that "the 
Lord shall guide us continually and satisfy our s.ouls 
. . . and we shall by like watered gardens and springs 
of waters which fail not." 

We need to learn the joy of "self-giving" in these 
days of "self -living." 


Philippians 4:11, 12 

"To be content" is just another way of saying that 
one is living in a state of satisfaction. 

Sometimes it is hard to learn the lesson of con- 
tentment. For to be content does not mean that one 
must be satisfied with the more lowly things of life. 
It means that one leams to make the best of circum- 
stances in which he finds himself. 

"Christian contentment" is the result of an inti- 
mate association with tlie Master. 


I John 2:24-28 
William Carey said his call was "an open Bible be- 
fore an open map of the world." Robert Morrison 
said, "Jesus I give myself to Thy service." Jesus 
said to his disciples, "Follow thou Me." 

Every one of us come to the "valley of decision". 
That decision as to what we shall do for the Lord de- 
pends entirely on us. 

Meditate on vour relation to his call to service. 



Hebrews 12:2, 3 

The source of our meditation today is found in the 
words, "Looking unto Jesus." 

In other words keeping our eyes on the leader, we 
press on. Following the advice of the Psalmist, 
"Not walking in the counsel of the ungodly, nor 
standing in the way of sinners, nor sitting in the 
seat of the scornful." But walking forward in the 
will of the Lord. Following His example. 

Let us walk "in his steps." 



Luke 16:10-12 

One of the primary requirements of Christian life 
is that of faithfulness. It is really more essential that 
we be faithful in the little things than that we seek 
to be faithful in the larger matters of our lives. 

For if we are faithful in the little things we will 
naturally be faithful in the matters which are great- 

Let us be faithful in the little things each day. , 



John 15:11 

Probably no Scripture is read more often than this 
15th chapter of John. Read again the verses thai 
just preceed this 11th verse. 

What is to bring joy and gladness to our hearts 
The abiding presence of Jesus; the necessity of clos'l 
association with the Father. ' 

Meditate on these three phrases — "I have spoke 
unto you"; "my joy remains in you;" "your joy ma., 
be full." 

March 29, 1941 




The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 



General Secretary 



National Missionary Superintendent 

This is a day of "buck-passing". Everyone claims 
to be too busy to even think. There is a great deal 
of truth in this "busy" excuse. Yet we need to in- 
vestigate to see if the things with which we busy 
ourselves are the essential things. There are many 
things clamoring for attention which are time-con- 
suming and trivial. These trivial and relatively un- 
important things are often catchy and attractive 
enough to gain undue attention. It is time we get 
back to fundamentals. 

Missionary education is one of these essentials. 
It is not a glamorous, attractive idea. It has, to 
many minds, connotations that associate it with 
drab, dreary, spiritless gatherings. Tliis is large- 
ly so because the best minds of our churches and 
Sunday Schools have not put their minds to work to 
find the best materials and present them in an at- 
tractive way. Anyone can take poor and mediocre 
materials and have a drab meeting. It takes a gen- 
ius to make a good meeting from poor materials, and 
geniuses are scarce. But we do not need geniuses. 
There is an abundance of excellent materials and 
plans available to the honest seeker. Shall we not 
be held responsible for the abhorance of the mis- 
sionary idea we have instilled in many young minds 
because of uninteresting, not to say depressing and 
pathetic, meetings? 

Whose is the responsibilty for putting worthwhile, 
jinteresting missionary education material into the 
jSunday School ? It is impossible to give the answer 
|in one word because there are many persons respon- 
jSible. The responsibility is divided but each person, 
|be he pastor, superintendent, teacher, or Missionary 
Superintendent has a very definite part to play. 

Whose is the 


The captain of all missionary enterprises will be 
the spiritual leader of the church, the pastor. His 
is the responsibility to spread enthusiasm and be a 
source of new ideas. He will guide the main poli- 
cies, lending a helping hand where it is necessary, 
but generally leading others to invest their talents 
in the work. When he does this he has fulfilled to a 
large extent his responsibility. 

Every Superintendent will be held responsible by 
God for the use made of this important office. The 
Superintendent can make or break the missionary 
program. His responsibility is not to carry on the 
program but to see that the proper persons are ap- 
pointed to do the task. By this sharing of the bui'- 
den he will be able to accomplish more. It will be 
his responsibility to have sufficient missionary em- 
phasis in the school. A few stirring words from him 
will do much to inspire the teacher to give the mis- 
sionary emphasis. Perhaps it will take some ex- 
planation for the teacher to see clearly the mission- 
ary emphasis of the Scripture. The Superintendent 
should be the one responsible for the giving of this 

The responsibility for all projects and plans 
should be placed in the hands of the Missionary Su- 
perintendent. This person will work with the Gen- 
eral Superintendent to formulate a progressive, vital 
program. This Missionary Superintendent must be 
literally on fire with zeal for others. The respon- 
sibility and the task are almost, if not quite, incal- 
cuable. The task involved is first one of organiza- 
tion, for departmental Missionary Superintendents, 
and Class Missionary Committees are essential for 
a smooth running program. The second task is to 
build up a supply of materials so that every teacher, 
departmental Superintendent, Class Missionary 
Committee, individual, or parent can with the great- 
est of ease secure the information wanted. Yet the 
ideal is not to be a passive source of supply. There 
is the responsibility for presenting the materials so 


The Brethren Evangelist 

attractively that there will be a general clamour for 
them. It can be done. This is the responsibility of 
the Missionary Superintendent. 

While others are at arms length the teacher comes 
into personal toucli with the pupils. This personal 
touch will influence the life for missions as nothing 
else can. It is not enough for the teacher to merely 
talk about missionary work. It is essential that the 
missionary spirit be a part, a vital part, of the life of 
the teacher. Otherwise the keen insight of the pu- 
pil will detect the inconsistency. It is the teacher's 
responsibility to plant in some the missionary inter- 
est and nurture this interest in others. All 
should be inspired till they are missionaries 

at home and faithful stewards of that which 
the Lord has entrusted to them to spread His 
Gospel to the far corners of the earth. 

What shall be taught? It is sufficient to teach 
the simple facts. Facts will influence the honest in- 
quirer. The great need for both men and money 
must be presented. Finally each individual must be 
taught how to serve. 

Even if you have no official capacity in the Sun- 
day School, you still have a responsibility to teach 
and spi-ead the missionary spirit. Your everyday 
life will teach a real message if it is lived as a real 
Home Missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Lanark, 111. 

Our Children's Department 



Dear Children: 

After a period of several weeks, here I am sitting down at 
the typewriter trying to talk to you again. "Auntie Peat", 
as our precious little Ruth always called her, has been help- 
ing ine out with the letters, and I am sure that her letters 
were very interesting. We thank her for this kind service 
and also we thank our Father in Heaven for Christian 
friends, such as "Auntie Peat" and many others. We realize 
more than ever the worth of our friends when a cloud hangs 
over us, yet we must be very thankful that when the cloud 
does go away, the sun will shine again. Just as God made 
the sunshine, He will also make our hearts happy because He 
loves us so. 

Being thankful for our friends makes us think of the 
many other things which we should be thankful for. We 
should thank God for our Fathers, Mothers, our little play- 
mates, the food and clothing which He gives to us, and most 
of all that He loved us enough to provide a home in Heaven 
for us. This home is ours if we will only accept Jesus as our 
Savior, and love and trust Him, living for Him each day. 

At this particular time of the year, you boys and girls who 
live in the country are no doubt planning for little chickens. 
No doubt some of you already have some little chickens to 
feed and water. Have you ever watched the fluffy little fel- 
lows as they drink from the pan of water? After they 
reach their tiny little bills into the water and fill their mouth, 
they always raise their little heads as if they were thanking 
God for the water He supplied. Here is a little poem to il- 
lustrate the thought which I have in mind: 


Downy little yellow fluff 

With tiny eyes of jet. 
You look just like my dolly's muff 

Instead of my precious pet. 

And when you stoop to take a drink 
You raise your head so high; 

You thank the Lord I truly think. 
As you look up in the sky. 

-G. M. P. 

We too, must stop long enough to thank God for the many 
blessing which He gives us. A Bible verse comes to my mind 
just now. Psalms 150:6, "Let every thing that hath breath 
praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord." Perhaps it is easier 
to praise Him for the blessings which we can see, but there 
are many things which we can thank and praise God for that 
our eyes can not see and our hands can not touch. Some of 
them are love, kindness, cheerfulness, hope and many, many 

This week I received a nice little letter for which I am 
thankful, first because God has given me another Dear Little 
Friend, secondly she is enjoying the letters in The Evangelist, 
and thirdly she had the courage to write and tell me about 
it. Here is her letter, although I did not ask her for per- 
mission to print it, I feel sure that it will be all right. 

"Dear Aunt Loretta, 

I have been reading your stories in The Evangelist. They 
are very good, and I like to read them. 

I am very sorry to hear that Ruthie has been ill and has 
gone to live with her friend Jesus. 

Your friend, 

Doris Jean Stevens, 

Fayetteville, W. Va. 

I wish to thank Doris Jean for her sincere little letter; 1 
will answer it personally very soon. I hope to hear from 
many more of you boys and girls. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta, 

Mansfield, Ohic 

March 29, 1941 


Christian Endeavor Topics For Young People 


Topic for April 13, 1941 


Scripture: Mark 16:1-11 

For the Leader 

Spring is a time of awakening in Nature. lEaster is a 
time of spiritual awakening. To us it should be a day of 
Victory. To the disciples it was an even greater day of re- 
joicing. The few days before, they had seen their Master 
crucified and buried. And now to see Him Risen and alive 
was almost too much. For Christ, it was a day of victory. It 
meant that He had overcome death and the grave. 

Our churches everywhere are filled on Easter Sunday 
with worshippers who celebrate Easter. Some understand 
the true meaning; others commemorate the day as an "out- 
coming" for new spring fashions. A careful study of the 
real meaning of Easter will give to us a deeper understand- 
ing of the love of Christ for the world. 


THE EMPTY TOMB. Three sorrowing women approach- 
ed the tomb very early in the morning of the day Christ 
arose. To them. He was still within the walls, for they pon- 
dered amongst themselves who would roll back the stone. 
Their mission was to put spices and ointment on the body of 
the One they loved. They were very much surprised to find 
the tomb open and empty, and their first thought was that 
His body had been stolen. After the visitation of the angel, 
the truth finally came to their hearts. These women were 
definitely troubled, but the angel quickly dispelled their 
fears. Their hearts were filled with gladness and rejoicing 
and HOPE! The Resurrection gave them hope. To us, liv- 
ing in the present age, the resurrection gives us HOPE. By 
trusting and believing in Him we have a comfort for our 
troubles and assurances of a bright future ahead. 

We are not hopeless vagabonds adrift on a sea of destiny, 

but are children of our God, protected and guided by Him. 

By the resurrection of our Lord we are able to exert our own 

personality in a forward matter, knowing that the best is yet 

I to come for us. 

\ THE LIVING LORD. The Divine Christ could not long 
I remain among the dead. His very existance. His very being, 
' is the essence of life. Death had always been a horror to 
peoples of every race, for it meant the end of all existance. 
Christ, by rising from the dead has taken away the sting of 
death. One needs only to see the passing away of faithful 
Christians, to know that death holds no sting for them. 
Funerals were once great displays of mourning and grief, 
and rightly so, for there seemed to be no hope. Christ has 
greatly modified this hopelessness. We grieve with sorrow 
at the loss of the companionship of those we love. But when 
they are in Christ, we are assured that their death is but a 
passing into another life. 

It is only as we believe in Christ and accept Him as our 
Savior that we can lay hold of this assurance. Christ's res- 
urrection will avail us nothing except we believe in Him. 
This is our reason for earnestly teaching the unsaved about 
I Christ. We have the greatest story on earth to tell. Let us 
be more earnest in our efforts. 

RESURRECTION NECESSARY. Sin causes death. The 
Eden condemnation included that of death. Christ paid sin's 
penalty on the Cross of Calvary. He then went to the grave. 
Had Jesus remained forever in the tomb, we would still be 
without hope, because there would be no benefit in having 
sins forgiven unless we also had the assurance of living 
again. This assurance He gave us on that first glad Easter 
morning when He broke the bonds of death. 

Christ could not redeem us without His death. He could 
not assure us of eternal life without first rising from the 
dead. Christ knew all this before He came to live on the 
earth. Yet because of His love for us, He was willing to suf- 
fer, die, and rise again. As we hear the news of the Resur- 
rection, we should know the reason for it, and then seek a 
closer walk with our Savior, using every bit of energy to 
serve Him. 

RESURRECTION PROOF. Sooner or later someone will 
ridicule us for believing that Christ is risen. Our best reply 
is the quoting of Scripture, using such passages as "his ap- 
pearances to the brethren", "He is Risen", etc. It is well to 
think of the fact that Christ is living at the present moment. 
The peace of heart of dying Christians is further proof that 
Christ arose, and is now living. 

Christ arose to give us life. . .eternal life. He arose to 
comfort our hearts in our present troubles. His resurrec- 
tion inspires us to be more enthusiastic in serving the church, 
for it is His work and we are His servants. We Christian 
Endeavorers are engaged in a winning work; by His power 
we can conquer. 

TRUTH AND ACTION. The three women, when they 
realized that Jesus was risen, "went out quickly to tell the 
great news to the disciples." (Matt. 28:8). Their enthusiasm 
ran high. Death, darkness, and sin had been conquered. But 
the Scriptures state that they did not go until the truth davni- 
ed upon them. However, as soon as they knew, they went 
and spread the news. 

We cannot successfully spread the news of Christ until it 
dawns in our own heart. This calls for a sincere study of the 
Gospel story of the Resurrection, and the place it is meant to 
fill in this present world of sin, darkness, and death. It is as 
a bright and shining light in the middle of the darkest night. 
Rich and full and assuring, it is ours to hold high so that sin- 
blinded men and women and young people can see thhe light. 

From the Bible 

I Peter 1 :3-5. The full importance of the Resurrection of 
Jesus Christ from the grave is found in these verses. With- 
out the Resurrection, we are hopelessly lost. But the Resur- 
rection gives us much in the way of hope and assurance. In 
the first place we will receive "an inheritance incorruptible, 
which is undefiled, and which will not fade away. This in- 
heritance is reserved in heaven for us who believe. In the 
second place, because of the Resurrction, we are "kept by the 
power of God through faith, ready to be revealed in the end 
of time". What this means is that as long as we live here 
according to Christ's way, we will be kept and protected by 
Him, and that when the great judgment day shall come, we 
shall be revealed to God as "sinners saved by grace". Thus 
it is evident that the Resurrection of Christ is an essential 
factor in the belief of every Christian. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


By William James Robinson, Kansas City, Mo. 

The Bible lives! Its truths are flames so bright 
Their radiance can never once grow dim; 
Their deathless splendor are the smiles of 
Whose glowing face gives heavnn wondrous 

They quick dispel the gloom of sin's black 
* * night, 

Revealing beauty that no brush can limn, 
And melodies without an interim, 
That tell of grace that ends man's woeful 

The blackest pall that son-ow's night can hang 
Fades quickly when its healing glories shine 
Into the crimson soul, forlorn by sin. 
The breaking heart can never know a pang 
Too great for soothing at its cleansing 

Where penitents find heavenly joys begin. 

Among the Churches 
Post Card Publicity 

Waterloo, Iowa. This is being written Sunday evening, 
March 16. I have just returned from the evening service. 
Nothing unusual today. Just like other Christian Sabbaths 
and yet different. These seasons of Christian fellowship and 
worship together in the house of the Lord become more prec- 
ious with the passing of time. This particular day seemed 
especially marked with spiritual blessing for the pastor. The 
pastor's large Bible class was an inspiration, the worshipers 
listened with a keen interest to the Word at the preaching 
hour. Some thirty young people, in two groups, met at six 
o'clock, and following this, the evening worship. The sing- 
ing, the prayers, the sincerity evidenced the presence of the 
Lord. Heaven's blessing rested upon us. 

Our people are manifesting a special interest at the pres- 
ent time in their work of preparation for a series of revival 
meetings. We are to have with us Brother and Sister John 
Locke from March 26 to April 9. We ask you to join us in 
prayer that we may experience a refreshing from the Lord 
and that souls may be won to Christ. About the first of the 
year seven were united to the church through confession of 
faith and baptism. We rejoice in the victories which are won 
over the Brotherhood in the name of our Lord. 

W. C. Benshoff. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. We closed a meeting at Pleasant Hill, 
Ohio, on Sunday evening, March 16th. At the closing meet- 
ing we had a full church regardless of the bad weather which 
greeted us. Even the class rooms and the balcony was full. 
We had a good attendance at every evening service through- 
out the two weeks we were there. 

There was a fine cooperation on the part of the other 
churchs of ethe community. The Brethren here are mostly 
rural, but they were very loyal to the services. Some did not 
seem to realize that there was a revival in progress. But 
for the most part they were a very fine loyal group. Rev. 
and Mrs. Adams made us feel at home in the parsonage, and 
we had a good meeting. We praise the Lord and thank Him 
for the fine results which will be reported later. 

C. A. Stewart, Bryan, Ohio 

PASSERELLO— PETERS. On Saturday evening, July 
13, at 8 o'clock in the Brethren parsonage at Sergeantsville, 
New Jersey, occurred the marriage of Miss Frances Peters, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Peters, and Mr. Nunzio 
Passerello, son of Mr. John Passerello, of Whitehouse, New 
Jersey. The ceremony was performed by the writer in the 
presence of twenty guests. The couple were attended by 
Miss Lena Schlotz, friend of the bride, and Mr. Jack Passer- 
ello, brother of the groom. After the ceremony the couple 
left for a short wedding trip. They now reside with the 
bride's parents on their farm near Flemington, New Jersey. 
The bride is a member of the Calvary Brethren Church, of 
Pittstown, New Jersey. We extend to this young couple the 
heartiest of congratulations and invoke God's richest bless- 
ing upon them as they begin in their new home. Elmer Keck 

ENT— RACE. On Saturday afternoon, September 7, at 
the home of the bride occurred the marriage of Miss Mary 
lEmma Race, daughter of Mrs. Runyan Race and Mr. Marvin 
Ent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ent. The ceremony was 
performed by the \vriter in the living room of the home of the 
bride, before an altar of gladiola and fern and other fall 
flowers. The couple were attended by the Miss Ruth Merrell, 
cousin of the bride, and Mr. John Huff, cousin of the groom. 
As the bride and her attendant came do\vn the stairs and 
made their way to the altar to the strains of the wedding 
march played by Miss Lillian Fisher. Following the cere- 
mony dinner was served by the bride's mother to about fifty 
guests. The young couple left followng the dinner for 
Washington, D. C. and other points east. They now reside 
on a farm in the Pittstown Community. The bride is a mem- 
ber of the Calvary Brethren Church of Pittstown. 

Elmer Keck 

COX— Stuart Hencil Cox died March 9, 1941, in the 57th 
year of his life. He was for some 25 years a member of The 
Bethlehem Brethren Church. He is surs'ived by his wife, 
sons, Stanley and Robert, and his daughter Jane. The fun- 
eral was conducted by the undersigned from The Bethlehem 
Church, Tuesday, March 11. Members of his Sunday School- 
class served as pall bearers and flower carriers. The funeral 
message was based upon Psalm 91:14-16. A host of friends' 
and relatives assembled for these services. Interment wa? 
made in the Dayton cemetery. 

John F. Locke, Pastor 

Communion Announcement 

The Second Brethren Church, Moxham, Johnstown, Pa. 
will hold its spring Communion Services, Sunday evening 
March 30th, at 7:00 o'clock. A cordial invitation is extend 
ed neighboring Brethren to attend. 

William S. Crick, Ministei 









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Vol. LXIII, No. 14 


April 5, 1941 

At the Cross 

"Sweet the moments of rich blessing, 

Which before the cross I spend, 
Love and health and peace possessing, 

From the sinner's dying Friend, 
Here it is I find my heaven 

While upon His cross I gaze. 
Love I much ? I've more forgiven, 

I'm a miracle of grace." 

-James Allen. 

"Difficulties are things that show what men ore'' 

"The first hour of the morning 
is the rudder of the day." 


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Interesting Items 2 

According to Thy Faith— F. C. V 3 

The Church Victorious — Dr. E. G. Mason 4 

A Still Further Analysis of the Dayton Decision — 

Dr. W. S. Bell 6 

New Frontiers in Our Mission Field — Dr. C. F. Yoder .... 8 

Our Children's Department 10 

Christian Endeavor Topics for Young People 11 

Worshipping Day by Day (Family Altar) 12 

Publication Offering for New Building 13 

Camp Juniata Notes — N. V. Leatherman 13 

Among the Churches 14 

Good News 16 


THE FOLLOWING CHURCHES are holding Evangelistic 
and Pre-Easter services. Warsaw, Indiana; Ashland, Ohio; 
Pittsburg, Pa.; Louisville, Ohio; Milledgeville, 111. There 
are, of course, others but these have sent in announcements 
to the office. We trust they send in reports of these efforts 
as soon as possible. 

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the lEaster time the Smith- 
ville, Ohio, Church, of which Brother Dodds is pastor, will 
have Dr. and Mrs. L. O. McCartneysmith with them in an 
evangelistic meeting. Brother Dodds urges neighboring 
brethren to attend these services. 

is in The Lutheran Hospital, at Fort Wayne, tells us that he 
has passed through a part of his operation and that soon the 
remaining part will be performed. He wishes to thank those 
who have remembered him by letters and cards and says that 
he is getting along fine. Let us continue to pray for his com- 
plete recovery. 

He also reports that all services at the Huntington, Indi- 
ana, Church of which he is the pastor, or being "maintained 
with good interest and attendance and in the spirit of finest 
harmony and unselfish cooperation." 

THE SMITHVILLE CHURCH is conducting a Ten Point 
Church Program from March 23 to June 1. Below are the 
points. They are worthy of a careful study. 

1. A minimum of one convert for every ten of the present 

2. Enrollment of at least ten new Christian Endeavor mem- 

3. At least 10 percent increase in average attendance at 
Sunday School. 

4. At least 10 percent increase in average attendance at 
church services. 

5. Increase in number of Family Altars. 

6. A few items needed for the church: 

a. Tract table in the vestibule; 

b. Bible wall maps; 

c. New sidewalk; 

d. More cinders on driveway and parking lot; ^ 

e. More letters and digits for Bulletin Board. , 

7. A committee or some individual to help plan and oper- 
ate a vitalizing and motivating evening worship service. 1 

8. Regular mid-week service organized and directed by the. 

9. Every family of the church using the envelop system. 

10. Every member a CHURCH BOOSTER and every fam-'t 
our church paper. 




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50 cents per plate 

President E. G. Mason, Speaker 

Friends, former students, present students 

and prospective students are invited. 

Mrs. Maude Webb, Secretary 




Jesus once said, "Be it unto tiiee according to thy 
faith." Just about everything we do today has with- 
n it the elements of faith. We glide along our high- 
ivays at sixty to seventy miles an hour with faith in 
;he mechanism of the car and faith in the tires that 
jncircle the wheels. We take change from our money 
.vith faith that the government under which we live 
s stable enough to back that which is issued. And, 
3ven though these are uncertain, we take them 
readily into our lives without much question. 

But when it comes to unquestioned faith in our 
Lord, we are not so easily convinced. We must know 
the "whys" and the "wherefores" and make examin- 
ation from every angle before we are willing to 
'rest on His promises." Why be any more sceptical 
)f the spiritual than we are of the material ? Why 
ioubt the Creator, when we so readily accept the 
?reation ? 

Careful Consideration 

And to what does faith and trust lead us? Blind 
)bedience? Not necessarily. But faith and trust 
ead us into the realm of experience and satisfaction. 

For some weeks my mind has been reverting to 
he initial article in the January Reader's Digest, an 
irticle condensed from The American Mercury, en- 
itled, "Now I am for the Churches," by Roger 
iVilliam Riis. 

I His opening statement reads thus, "Six months 
igo I scoffed at the churches. Then one day, on a 
;udden whim, I attended a service. Since then I 
lave been going steadily, first out of curiosity to 
iiee what the much-attacked churches are up to, 
■ately out of rising excitement. I have not 'got re- 
ligion' ; I always had that. But I have found out 
that churches today are dispensing something I 
leed, and that church and religion go together." 

In the closing paragraphs he says, "It is an excit- 
ng spiritual adventure, this going to church. Try 
' t., Just out of the curiosity you owe your spiritual 
lealth, explore a little. You will almost surely find, 
Ti every community, one church that will give you 
vhat you want, even if you can't put that into 

"Whether or not we realize it, each of us has a 
personal spiritual quest. It is only ourselves we 
cheat if we ignore it. In this, of all ages, it is time 
we were about this quest. I find the churches a 
good place to pursue it. If they offered nothing but 
that, they should now be upheld by all men of intel- 
ligence and good will." 

But the Churches Offer More Than Merely A Place 
Of Quest 

They offer a place of finding all that is worth 
while in this world. The only thing in this world 
that is not changing and vacillating is the Christian 
Faith. It is to be found within the confines of the 
church. It is there that it is fostered and there that 
it furnishes the best of spiritual experiences. 

We wonder if you are seeking to make your local 
church one that will meet the need of the individuals 
who are seeking to answer to their quest for stabil- 
ity in Christian life ? 

Helpful Listening 

Frequently we hear people condemning wholesale 
the programs that come over the radio. But there 
is nothing that will compel you to listen to those pro- 
grams which do not contribute to the better things 
in life. There are many uplifting programs that do 
come over the air-waves. 

It seems to the writer that if one listens carefully 
that he may find many things that have a very def- 
inite trend to turn man's mind to the better things 
of life. The beautiful and soul inspiring music of 
the masters. The wonderful rendition of the old 
and nevertiring hymns of the centuries. The times 
of refreshing in the addresses of wonderful minis- 
ters of the Word. These and many other worthwhile 
programs may be had at the mere "flip of the dial." 

After all, brethren, we find that people in general 
are apt to do that which they desire to do. We can 
have what we want if we place ourselves in the pro- 
per attitude and find ourselves in the proper places. 

When we come to sum it all up we certainly find 
that we must return to the opening statement of 
this editorial. "Be it unto thee according to thy 
faith."— F. C. V. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The Church 


9.. S. ^ J{a. 


President of Ashland Collese and Chairman of the Budget Committee 

Just recently I read the following statement in 
a book devoted to a frank, cool and logical discus- 
sion of the present national monetary and industrial 
situation by a close student of the question. The 
writer makes no pretense of injecting a religious 
tone in the entire book and this makes the state- 
ment all the more significant. This is the quota- 
tion, ". . .when a people lose their faith for one rea- 
son or another, in the reality of the spiritual life 
and its potential domination over the world of mat- 
ter, they want to cash in quickly in the world of 
material things. They then set up pagan substitutes 
for their former religious faith, calling them Com- 
munism, Syndicalism, Anarchy, or some other name. 
Law, order, tolerance and justice, disappear for the 
time being as men ruthlessly grasp without mak- 
ing any compensating contributions. That is the 
destruction of the Courts of Law and the Church 
and is one of the first steps in all violent social revo- 
lutions. Class is set against class, leader against 
leader, until the fire burns out and tolerance and 
faith come again. The Spanish, Paissian and French 
revolutions illustrate this perfectly." 

If our readers will read this quotation over again 
carefully, its significance at the present time will 
become quite clear. A cold blooded student of the 
causes of periods of prosperity and depression and 
of world conditions frankly attributes our present 
plight in the upset of the even tenor of peaceful pur- 
suits of life to the loss of "faith. . .in the reality of 
the spiritual life and its potential domination over 
the world of material things." Certainly this state- 
ment strikes a note of encouragement and challenges 
the church with its great body of conscientious fol- 

Although this writer on Economic problems may 
have reached tlie above conclusion after careful and 
scientific study, he has put into words only what 
earnest Christians have long maintained. Jesus 
Christ came into this world to save it from pagan- 

ism. His presence on earth enabled Him to meet 
men and women face to face and to teach them di- 
rectly His philosophy of life. His code of Christian 
ethics, and to lay the foundations of the great Chris- 
tian Church. The Christian, especially we of the 
Brethren faith, is convinced that the Word as Je- 
sus himself preached it is the correct way of life, 
and if it is followed conscientiously by man, our 
economic, political and social problems will be solved. 

The difficulty in its proper operation is found in 
the fact that too many men and women do not pos- 
sess sufficient faith in the principles of Christianity 
to allow them to become effective. They lack both 
faith and patience. Faith in the principles and 
ideals of Christianity and patience either tO' wait 
until they are effective or to help to apply them to 
the daily affairs of life. In spite of opposition, we 
still believe that right will prevail and that some 
time all men and women will realize that God rules 
over all ; that He created the world in which we live; 
and that He will come into His own. Created in His 
image, he endowed us with minds or wills and in 
spite of our weakness. He gives each individual lib- 
erty to do his or her own thinking, leaving each to 
work out his or her own destiny. As mental capaci- 
ties vary so do the depths and breadths of faith, be- 
lief and stability of character in spite of the evi- ' 
dences of God's eternal presence all about us. Man, ■ 
endowed with the ability to do his own thinking, is 
the master of his own fate, and here is our difficulty. ' 

The Christian Church was ordained and establish- 
ed to show men and women everywhere the True 
Way of Life. It has come down to us through the 
years with its purpose unchanging. We are the 
heirs to its purpose. It is our responsibility to pre- 
serve this heritage and to pass it on to the succeed- 
ing generation. 

Now we are confronted with a real problem. For 
the time being, the Church seems to have fallen far 
short of its goal in teaching all men the True Way 

April 5, 1941 

of Life. At least, many nations are involved in a 
materialistic and economic war that has upset the 
whole world and the Church has apparently lost its 
influence over the nations. How long this condition 
will continue we are not privileged to know nor are 
we certain of the reasons for its existence. A situa- 
tion does actually exist and it is useless for us to 
waste time and effort in searching for the reasons 
except as a part of our corrective procedure. What 
we must do is to see that the church can and does 
render its full service. 

But we ask how can the church render its full 
service. The answer is simple, by first making itself 
strong by constantly pressing forward on its main 
objectives of teaching men and women the True Way 
of Life. But the accomplishment of the purpose is a 
more difficult matter because it requires the active 
participation and cooperation of every member. This 
is not an easy task, but it is not impossible. It will 
depend upon the leadership and the effort that is 
put into it by the leaders and the active support of 
the entire membership. 

The ultimate success of the church will not be 
perfection because its workers are subject to all the 
frailties to which human beings fall heir. Moreover, 
all Christian churches must cooperate. We, of the 
Brethren faith, can hardly hope to inspire all 
churches to put forth their best efforts, but we can 
|be responsible for our own church. 

': It is quite pompous to state what our church 
should and must do without making some practical 
suggestion as to how it may be accomplished. 

First, our church must be united — united as to 
purpose and united as to the methods to achieve 
that purpose. We cannot accomplish much if we are 
working at cross purposes. In an automobile motor, 
internal friction greatly lessens its efficiency, and 
internal friction in the church-at-large or within a 
congregation has the same result. Internal frction 
or a disunited condition within the church may also 
be present when only a part of the congregation is 
working toward the accomplishment of the general 
purpose of the church. 

i Second, our church must be aggressive. An ag- 
gressive church will be united and working. A suc- 
cessful military campaign depends upon the accur- 
ately timed movement of all of its contingents to- 
ward one objective. The same principle applies to 
the forward movement of the church. To be ag- 
gressive, it must always be alert to its opportunities 
and ready to grasp them when they come. Unity of 
ithe church and an aggressive movement will depend 
upon the consecration of its leaders and workers to 
ithe cause at stake. 

•Finally, our church must realize that its full 
itrength is found in the effective functioning of all 

its agencies. An agency set up by the church is de- 
signed to carry out a specific program. As the 
church grows, its interests widen and its agencies or 
organizations increase in number. Each agency must 
work out its own program with the approval of the 
church or the General Conference and see that that 
program is brought to completion or as near to com- 
pletion as it is possible to bring it. When one agency 
fails or is neglected the whole church suffers. There- 
fore, all Conference created or accepted agencies 
must succeed if the whole church is to succeed. 

The policy our beloved church has followed for 
many years has not recognized the fundame